Celebrities are just like us! They drink coffee, wear shoes, and root for their favorite sports teams! Here is every NBA team’s biggest celebrity fan.
You know Jack Nicholson loves his Lakers, and that Spike Lee is always courtside for he Knicks’ games. But those are just the big names and the big market teams. Even the smallest market has a fanbase and someone in that fanbase has been in a movie or recorded an album. Just becase they’re richer and more famous than you, doesn’t mean they love their team any less.
Here is the biggest celebrity fan for every NBA team.
Indiana Pacers: Mike Epps
Mike Epps is a comedian who was extremely famous in the 1990s and early 2000s. He is a very funny man, and not many funny men have been born in Indiana. In fact, not many celebrities at all have been born in Indiana. It is very cool that the Pacers get to have Mike Epps.
There should be so many more millennials who are Pacers fans; anyone who grew up in the ‘90s got to see some of the most fun basketball teams of all time right in their backyard. Reggie Miller and Mark Jackson led some awesome offensive squads that challenged Michael Jordan in the Eastern Conference for a half-decade. Down low, those teams featured Rik Smits and Chris Mullin, another couple of fun guys to watch score. How are there not more twenty- and thirty-somethings cheering for this team every night?
Mike Epps will have to do, even if the ways he makes people laugh might be less intentional these days:
That video and another series of tweets in which he lied about being in Miami for a playoff game had people laughing for all the wrong reasons. Indiana is in a real bad situation with Paul George’s impending departure, and they could use a dedicated celebrity fan for the long haul. Epps has it in him, but it will take a return to form.
An honorable mention for this spot goes to Tom Haverford, the character Aziz Ansari plays on NBC’s Parks and Recreation. Haverford starts a company in the show called Entertainment 720, and hires former Pacers Roy Hibbert and Detlef Schrempf to play on-on-one as entertainment in the lobby of the company’s headquarters. Unfortunately, Haverford is not real and the actual Aziz Ansari is not a Pacers fan. Epps takes the cake here.