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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. For The Win

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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.” Larry Brown Sports

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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. New York Post

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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!” New York Times

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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. Yahoo! Sports

"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. Yahoo! Sports

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