Badgalriri once again lived up to the self-given moniker on Sunday night. Not one to shy away from controversy, (looking at you “Bitch Better Have My Money” music video), Rihanna didn’t hesitate in offering her opinion in the great LeBron James vs. Steph Curry debate. Following the Golden State Warriors’ loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 7, Rihanna took to social media to support the Cavaliers’ power forward. In a few posts to her famed Instragram, Rihanna praised LeBron while throwing some shade at Curry.
John Wall got to go backstage and meet Rihanna after her concert in Washington DC on Tuesday night. He evidently brought one of his jerseys as a gift. It would be fascinating to know what they talked about, and for how long.
Tech honchos have descended on Oracle Arena, the Warriors’ soon-to-be-replaced home court that has looked a lot like Madison Square Garden the past two months. In game one of the NBA Finals on Thursday with LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers in town, the average ticket price for a seat was well over $1,000. Courtside seats sold for more than $50,000 apiece. At Sunday’s Game Two, longtime Apple exec Eddy Cue sat at half court. On the other side, WhatsApp founder Jan Koum cheered on the Warriors just three seats over from well-known investor Ben Horowitz. On Thursday, Warrior’s owner and former Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers partner Joe Lacob had to move away from the fan sitting courtside next to him because she was cheering for James. That fan was Rihanna.
Celebrity you have a crush on? Kristaps Porzingis: Rihanna. Definitely, Rihanna. You will have a lot of competitors for his affection in the NBA. Kristaps Porzingis: (Laughs) Yes, I know that already.
As he told it at Chat Sports’ Minds Behind the Game panel, he tired of Rihanna’s boisterous rooting for LeBron, and needed a buffer. In a later segment of the panel, Lacob estimated that Rihanna paid $50k per seat for the game, which is insane. Though, she probably more than recouped her cost in all-important, priceless Internet publicity.