Ever look up at the scoreboard and see a Hollywood A-lister waving from the front row? Celebrities have been flocking to the coveted seats for ages, so it's no surprise that many basketball games are star-studded affairs. Wonderwall.com rounded up some of our favorite stars spotted courtside at NBA games, starting with this cozy-looking duo…Adele and Rich Paul sat courtside during the first half in Game Five of the NBA Finals between the Milwaukee Bucks and the Phoenix Suns at Footprint Center in Phoenix, Arizona, on July 17, 2021. Keep reading for more…
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Jewelry designer (and Tobey Maguire ex) Jennifer Meyer and pal Courteney Cox sat next to Kim Kardashian West and Kanye West at the Los Angeles Lakers vs. Cleveland Cavaliers game at the Staples Center in L.A. on Jan. 13, 2020.
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Actress Lily Collins (whose dad is music star Phil Collins) and filmmaker Charlie McDowell (whose parents are actors Malcolm McDowell and Mary Steenburgen) started dating in 2019. They coupled up courtside at L.A.'s Staples Center months later on Jan. 13, 2020, to watch the Los Angeles Lakers take on the Cleveland Cavaliers.
One of the most famous Los Angeles Lakers fans ever is Jack Nicholson. The acting icon sat courtside at the Staples Center with son Ray on Jan. 7, 2020, to watch his hometown team take on the New York Knicks.
Lizzo made headlines in December 2019 when she sat courtside at the Los Angeles Lakers vs. Minnesota Timberwolves game at L.A.'s Staples Center and put on a jaw-dropping impromptu show for other sports fans: As the Laker Girls performed to her song "Juice," Lizzo stood up and twerked along — in a T-shirt dress with a cut-out directly over her bottom, which was clad in nothing but fishnet tights and a thong.
Ridiculously talented singer, savvy businesswoman and enthusiastic basketball fan? Rihanna does it all, and we are definitely here for it. A frequent coveter of courtside seats, the FENTY founder has made her love for the game and support for her friends that play it apparent on a number of occasions (she is a known fan and friend of LeBron James). RiRi was spotted at the Los Angeles Lakers home opener against the Utah Jazz in October 2019, and judging by the photos, she could not have been happier to be there!
The undisputed king of courtside appearances? None other than Aubrey Drake Graham! The Toronto native has made his love for his city and hometown team more than apparent — in 2013, he was named a Raptors "global ambassador" after he and his brand October's Very Own, otherwise known as OVO, announced a partnership with the team. The rapper has been photographed at countless Raptors games and was a consistent courtside presence during the 2019 NBA Finals when his team faced off against the Golden State Warriors. His sideline antics during the series (including here in May 2019) also inspired a plethora of memes, as he was often seen getting riled up by referee calls and exchanging words with players from the opposing team. The Raptors would go on to win the series 4-2, and in celebration of their victory, the "6ix god" dropped two new tracks that same night.
Beyoncé and JAY-Z are among the most high-profile celeb couples to make courtside appearances (Jay also used to be a co-owner of the Brooklyn Nets before relinquishing his stake back in 2013). Bey's appearance on the sidelines at a game in June 2019 threw the BeyHive into a frenzy after a photograph surfaced of the "Formation" singer looking unamused as Nicole Curran, the wife of Golden State Warriors majority owner Joseph Lacob, leaned over her to chat with Jay. Beyoncé's publicist released a statement soon after, urging the fan base to halt their cyberbullying aimed at Nicole. Bey and Jay are seen here at the Golden State Warriors vs. Houston Rockets Western Conference semifinals in Houston in May 2019.
A frequent face at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Michael B. Jordan has been seen conversing with other notable names in attendance at NBA games, like DJ Khaled, Fergie and fellow "Black Panther" collaborators Chadwick Boseman and Ryan Coogler. In 2017, Michael's love for the game transcended the front row when the actor was featured in the "NBA 2K17" video game as Justice Young, a player in the MyCareer game mode. In a statement released the same year, the actor expressed his excitement about the project, calling it "the perfect platform to connect with a new, unique audience and challenge myself to expand my abilities as an actor." He's seen here at a Los Angeles Clippers vs. Houston Rockets game at the Staples Center in April 2019.
OK, serious question: How can we find a love like Chrissy and John's? When they're not capturing everyone's hearts with how seriously smitten they are, Chrissy Teigen and John Legend can often be seen courtside! The It couple is often in good company too — they've watched games with another sideline star, actress Gabrielle Union, who's the wife of Miami Heat shooting guard Dwyane Wade. John, Chrissy and Gabrielle are seen here at the Heat vs. Philadelphia 76ers game at American Airlines Arena in Miami in April 2019 — the last home game Dwyane played before he retired. Relationship and friendship goals in one picture!
Comedian and "Saturday Night Live" cast member Pete Davidson is another fan of the sport and can often be seen on the sidelines at New York Knicks games. In October 2019, Pete — seen here with comedy stars Jon Stewart and John Mulaney at a Chicago Bulls vs. Knicks game at Madison Square Garden in New York City in April 2019 — and (then-rumored) girlfriend Kaia Gerber fueled romance rumors after both were seen at MSG even though they sat separately.
We love a supportive spouse! Talented chef and loving mama of three Ayesha Curry (who hosts her own Food Network show, "Ayesha's Homemade") also happens to be the wife of Golden State Warriors star point guard Steph Curry. A proud member of the Dub Nation, Ayesha has been photographed at countless Warriors games — including this one vs. the Portland Trail Blazers in Oakland, California, in May 2019 — often decked out in all things blue and gold in support of her superstar hubbie.
This is the best mid-2000s throwback if we've ever seen one (that side-swept hair though)! Justin Bieber has been to his fair share of NBA games where he's sat courtside while teams like the Los Angeles Lakers, Miami Heat and Cleveland Cavaliers have played. However, fans of the sport have called out the "What Do You Mean?" singer for his conflicted allegiances — during the 2017 NBA Finals, Justin was seen decked out in Golden State Warriors gear despite previously showing support for LeBron James and the Cavaliers. Hmm. The pop star is seen here at a New York Knicks vs. Dallas Mavericks game in New York City in February 2011.
"Señorita" singers Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello cozied up in a pair of coveted courtside seats in November 2019: The Grammy-nominated artists were caught packing on the PDA at a Los Angeles Clippers vs. Toronto Raptors game in L.A.
Model Kendall Jenner has been seen on the sidelines at NBA games in the company of other famous friends like Hailey Baldwin and Bella Hadid. Kendall dated Philadelphia 76ers point guard Ben Simmons in 2018 and early 2019 and was often present at his games — including this one vs. the Indiana Pacers in Philly in March 2019 — to show her support. Kendall has sported team jerseys as well as some pretty stellar fashion at games — a true style queen.
Kim Kardashian West and Kanye West were certainly among the most high-profile (not to mention best dressed) couples to ever sit courtside at an NBA game. The former couple were seen here at a Houston Rockets vs. Los Angeles Lakers game in L.A. in October 2014.
We love a good father-daughter date! Actress and writer Mindy Kaling was seen courtside with her dad at a Golden State Warriors vs. Los Angeles Lakers game in L.A. in November 2019. The "The Mindy Project" creator and her dad are no strangers to the Staples Center — the two have been spotted cheering in the front row many times!
When she isn't busy hosting awards shows and releasing new music, Ciara can sometimes be seen kicking it courtside! From the glasses to the royal blue varsity cardigan, we can't help but want to steal her sidelines style. The singer is seen here hugging celebrity trainer Gunnar Peterson at a Los Angeles Lakers vs. Orlando Magic game in L.A. in March 2018.
Daenerys Targaryen is among us! "Game of Thrones" actress Emilia Clarke was spotted in the front row during game six of the NBA's 2019 Western Conference semifinals in Houston to watch the Rockets take on the Golden State Warriors in May 2019. Upon seeing Emilia, Rockets mascot Clutch the Rocket Bear dropped his coffee, put his paw to his chest and knelt down before the Mother of Dragons. Based on the Jumbotron footage, Emilia was both flattered and embarrassed. Looks like mascots get starstruck too!
Taraji P. Henson was spotted courtside at a Chicago Bulls vs. Los Angeles Lakers game in November 2019.
This photo from a January 2003 New Jersey Nets vs. Los Angeles Lakers game in L.A. (hello, early 2000s shades!) is proof that Brad Pitt has witnessed an NBA matchup firsthand. Funnily enough, the "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood" actor was actually on a basketball team in eighth grade. They were called the "Rejects" — a team name he coined himself. Adorable!
Comedy star Will Ferrell brought one of his three sons to a Los Angeles Lakers vs. Phoenix Suns game at the Staples Center in L.A. in December 2018.
Aside from showing off some serious sartorial skills in their casual-cool off-duty-model ensembles, Ashley Graham and Karlie Kloss had plenty of courtside fun as they snapped pics and watched the Brooklyn Nets take on the Milwaukee Bucks at the Barclays Center in New York City in April 2019.
Actor-comedian Adam Sandler is no stranger to a sought-after NBA seat. The known Los Angeles Lakers fan has made numerous courtside appearances over the years and is often with famous friends. Jack Nicholson, Chris Rock, Kevin James and David Spade are just a few of the familiar faces he's been spotted with at the Staples Center. He's seen here back in January 2001 at a Lakers vs. Cleveland Cavaliers game in L.A.
In October 2018, Jonah Hill and child actor Sunny Suljic were seen courtside at the Brooklyn Nets vs. New York Knicks game at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Sunny starred in the 2018 coming-of-age drama "Mid90s," which Jonah wrote and directed.