Courtside trademark: Ever-present sunglasses
Loyalty rating (on a scale of 1 to 10): 11
Notes: Nicholson is such a notorious Lakers fan, he even received his own Sports Illustrated feature in 1986. Rick Reilly wrote: “Nicholson is at so many games that some people have just stopped noticing him. … Says Laker Kurt Rambis, ‘That’s my idea of a true fan.’ “
Other famous Lakers fans: Penny Marshall, Leonardo DiCaprio, Dyan Cannon, Denzel Washington, Tobey Maguire, and just about every other celebrity ever
Courtside trademark: Foot-long veggie sub
Loyalty rating: 5
Notes: As Fogle has been the face of Subway’s advertisements for much of the last decade, his wallet can now afford the high-priced seats to watch his hometown Indiana Pacers. (His waistline, however, still can’t afford the high-calorie concession-stand snacks lest he lose his lucrative endorsement deal.)
Other famous Pacers fans: Maris Valainis. (Who? Jimmy Chitwood in Hoosiers, that’s who.)
Courtside trademark: A Knicks jersey and limited-edition Air Jordans
Loyalty rating: 10
Notes: In Game Five of the 1994 Eastern Conference Finals, Lee spent much of the fourth quarter jawing with Indiana Pacer Reggie Miller. Miller responded with 25 points in the quarter, leading to an improbable win for the Pacers and a bitter headline in the New York Daily News that read, “Thanks a lot, Spike.”
Other famous Knicks fans: Woody Allen, who is as dedicated to his Knicks as Lee is but much, much quieter.
Courtside trademark: Beyoncé
Loyalty rating: 9-ish
Notes: Would Jay-Z be a Nets fan if he didn’t own a piece of the team? Maybe. But the rap mogul bought a share in the New Jersey squad partly because of plans to move the team to Brooklyn, New York. If that doesn’t happen -- the deal has hit several snags -- there might be some courtside seats up for grabs.
Other famous Nets fans: No one special, but if the team does move to Brooklyn, expect fans to include hip-hop notables and actors who live in Williamsburg and Park Slope.
Courtside trademark: His carrottopped son, Cameron
Loyalty rating: 10
Notes: On February 4, 2001, Buffett was ejected from his courtside seat at a Heat game against the Knicks for swearing at referee Joe Forte. In an interview with Sports Illustrated, Buffett said, “It was a bad call. It still is a rotten call! John Starks clobbered Tim Hardaway. It was a close game. I just said, ‘You stupid [redacted 12-letter curse word], that is the worst call I ever heard.’ “
Other famous Heat fans: Enrique Iglesias
Courtside trademark: Going-incognito baseball cap
Loyalty rating: 7
Notes: After Good Will Hunting, Damon (along with Ben Affleck) became an avatar for every Boston sports fan. Prior to the Celtics’ return to prominence last season, Damon’s loyalty more than likely led to this taunt from opposing fans: “Hey, Matty! You like apples? Well, your team’s terrible. How you like them apples?”
Other famous Celtics fans: Affleck and Donnie Wahlberg
Courtside trademark: Eye-scorching hotness
Loyalty rating: 0 for the Grizzlies, 8 for Marko Jaric
Notes: Jaric is on his third NBA team in six seasons, so there’s a chance he won’t be in Memphis by the time you read this. In that case, neither will Lima, his fiancée. But as long as he is, the young, exciting roster on the court and the Victoria’s Secret Angel a few feet from it make a Memphis home game one of the most underrated deals in the NBA.
Other famous Grizzlies fans: No one, really, unless Elvis impersonators count.