Jack Nicholson Rumors
The biggest baller in the stands during NBA games isn’t Spike Lee or Jack Nicholson or even Justin Bieber — it’s Jimmy Goldstein … who spends more money on NBA tickets than anyone else on Earth. You’ve seen Goldstein on the court at various NBA games over the years — and this week he confirmed what ex-NBA Commish David Stern has said … that he’s the NBA’s biggest investor when it comes to tickets. As for how Goldstein made his fortune, that’s a bit of a mystery — but point is, the guy drops BANK when it comes to basketball.
11 Nov 13
In August, the Los Angeles Lakers teased a set of new black alternate jerseys called “Hollywood Nights.” Now, the team has officially unveiled them. And they’re truly excellent. The jerseys will be worn in “select” games, according to the press release, which adds that they were named as an homage to the team’s many celebrity fans, most notably Jack Nicholson.
Dave McMenamin: According to @jadande, Dwight Howard has already spoken on the phone with Jack Nicholson about remaining with the Lakers
According to Freezy, San Antonio Spurs Head coach Gregg Popovich asked that his crew not be allowed back because they were getting too rowdy in support of the Heat. “They were just telling me we had too much energy and the head coach complained about it,” Freezy claimed. “Them cats want an easy win. They ain’t used to that Miami Heat support right next to them in their ears.” Freezy was also asked to leave the arena by the Indiana Pacers during the Eastern Conference Finals, but he said the Pacers were more disrespectful about it than the Spurs. “The Spurs are just scared,” he explained. “They’re scared of the energy. The Pacers were disrespectful. The Spurs don’t want that building to erupt around them. What I do to cheer for my team is no different than what Spike Lee does in New York or Jack Nicholson does in LA.”
Menounos said she was clueless as to what happened until she ran into Nicholson at the lounge area she had been escorted to following her ejection. “We ended up in the Chairman’s Lounge at halftime. I’m hiding in this hallway. All of a sudden Jack Nicholson comes out of the bathroom, and he’s like, ‘Heh, heh, heh, heh.’ And I thought really quickly and I’m like, ‘Oh, my God, what if he…’ and he’s like, ‘I see they moved your seat.’ He got me kicked out! I called later I found out he called Jerry Buss and he had me removed,” Menounos said.
Maria Menounos in a known lover of all-things Boston sports, which is fine as long as you don’t do it on Jack Nicholson’s turf. The legendary Lakers fan had the ‘Extra’ co-host booted from her court-side seats during the 2010 NBA Finals for rooting too vociferously for the Celtics. “I am wearing my Celtics gear, I am screaming, going crazy and I get booted. These guys come and pull off us out of courtside. What is going on?” Menounos, who was at the game with comedian Dane Cook, said on “Conan” this week.
Maria Menounos is a Boston Celtics fan, who likes attending games wearing her greenest jersey and heckling opposing players to “shift us into winning.” This earned her the attention of Los Angeles Lakers superfan Jack Nicholson, who jokingly had her removed from courtside seats at the Staples Center during the 2010 NBA Finals. She told the tale on Conan. The story starts out, “Dane Cook and I were sitting courtside,” but don’t let that deter you from listening to the rest.
On the late Jerry Buss helping the Lakers and the NBA transform into a larger form of entertainment: David Stern:“We overuse the word showtime, but the reality is that people came to expect that if you were gonna watch a Laker game, you were gonna see the Laker girls, you were gonna see Jack Nicholson and a parade of music, Hollywood and fashionistas, and that there’d be a really entertaining game and game entertainment at the same time.”
Jack Nicholson has had enough. Nicholson, who has been sitting courtside at Lakers games since before you were old enough to watch The Shining, waved goodbye to someone and left with more than seven minutes to go in the 4th quarter last night. The Lakers lost to the Thunder by 15 and dropped to a dismal 15-21 on the season. Kevin Durant finished with 42 points, eight rebounds and five assists.
12 Jan 13
Joey Crawford: In my third year, I’m still a kid. I’m only 28 years old. But when we were in L.A., we always put our warm-up jacket on the table right by where Jack Nicholson sat. I was a big Jack Nicholson fan — “Easy Rider,” you know, all that. I loved his stuff. I would see him there and I would catch his eye, but I never said anything. But in my third year in the league, I put my jacket there and I see him and I catch his eye and I say, “How you doing, Jack?” and he actually says, “How you doing, Joe?” and I was exploding. I went and called my wife. I’m not kidding, I ran to a pay phone. And when she picked up, I screamed, “Jack Nicholson knows me!”
Earl Barron: I like to see that. Real fan. Lakers down 15 with 5 mins to go and “Jack” stands up and claps to encourage his team still. #loyalty
“I remember doing the shoot. It [only] took about 15 or 20 minutes, but we had a good time doing it.” While the years past may all blend together for Scott, who did recall the exact year of the photoshoot, the one other aspect the former shooting guard recalls was the fact that Nicholson was not as light as the four players thought he would be. As a result, the everso-photogenic Lake Show would have to get creative. With Michael Cooper and Magic Johnson holding up both ends, Kurt Rambis was forced to use his left leg as well as his arm round the outside of Nicholson’s body while Scott was forced to put his sculpted shoulders to work.
It’s an iconic image, taken near the very apex of the Los Angeles Lakers’ Showtime dynasty. 25 years ago, two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Brian Lanker gathered Magic Johnson, Kurt Rambis, Michael Cooper, and Byron Scott to stand for a shoot featuring the team’s most famous fan, Jack Nicholson. The resultant image eventually made its way to Sports Illustrated, the perfect documentation of the cool-yet-cheeky Laker team of that era. With Scott now coaching in Cleveland, and the 25th anniversary of that photograph nearing, Waiting For Next Year’s Scott Sargent approached Scott at a Cavaliers shootaround with the image, wanting to get his take on the famous photograph. Scott’s Cavaliers are mired in a miserable 12-50 season, and Sargent thought that the mention of the photo would be a welcome respite in an otherwise dreary season for Scott. From WFNY: “All of us were kind of connected to Jack,” said Scott of the celebrity sixth man.
Bryant concluded the ring ceremony by giving owner Jerry Buss a ring, his 16th championship piece of jewelry, saying that “none of this could have been possible without the best owner in all of sports.” Jack Nicholson liked that and roared with approval as Buss strolled onto the court. After each player had received their diamond studded rings, it was time to unveil the championship banner. The microphone was handed to Ron Artest who called it their 2010-2001 banner. At least he got the 1-2-3 countdown right.