We can universally conclude that Rihanna was the star of Game 1 of the 2017 NBA Finals. I mean, in one single video clip, she did more as a celebrity NBA fan than Drake has after spending years trying to be the No. 1 superfan of the league.
Amazing.- Rob Perez (@World_Wide_Wob) June 2, 2017
Rihanna bows to LeBron then hits a dab and small waves a Warriors fan telling her to sit down.
Well, RiRi is definitely No. 1 on our Celebrity Fan Power Rankings.
Where do the rest stack up? Here's a look.
You get into a smack talk-staredown match with Kevin Durant in the NBA Finalds, you win this spot. Case closed.
2. Jack Nicholson
Nicholson is the OG celebrity superfan, having been courtside for the Lakers during their Showtime run with Magic Johnson, the Shaq-Kobe years, the Kobe-and-whomever years, the Kobe-Pau Gasol years, the Kobe-toward-the-end-of-his-career years and, now, the rebuilding Lakers years. Jack has seen it all, and although he hasn't been to as many games in recent years and appears to be tired of the rebuild, saying he's willing to put his courtside seats up for sale, here's betting with the potential arrival of the Lonzo Ball era, the 80-year-old acclaimed Hollywood icon will still be around for when the Lakers are great again, which might be sooner rather than later.
3. Billy Crystal
On the other side of the Los Angeles basketball equation, Crystal is arguably an even bigger fan than Nicholson if for the simple fact he's suffered through so many years of Clippers ineptitude and never changed his allegiances. Crystal has been there since the 80s, and finally got a chance to soak in some glory in recent years as the Clippers have made the playoffs for six straight seasons, but not without heartbreak. Never forget Crystal once called Jamal Crawford's behind-the-back dribble "shabbat shalom."
4. Jay Z and Beyonce
Here's all you need to know about the power couple of the world: Jay Z and Beyonce once showed up to a same Nets game in which Prince William and Kate Middleton attended and to be honest, having been there, there was more buzz for Jay and Bey than the royal couple:
5. 2 Chainz
Raised in College Park, Ga., rapper 2 Chainz has been making power moves up the celebrity fan rankings with the Atlanta Hawks, taking over as CEO for a day:
And also creating a series of co-branding merchandises with the team and performing several times at Hawks games. If you want to buy stock on fan power ranking risers, I would put all my money on 2 Chainz.
6. Spike Lee
It's probably blasphemy to put Spike Lee below 2 Chainz on a list of celebrity NBA fans. Spike is a legend at the Garden, and there are so many modern day Knicks moments that are associated with him, for better or worse. Reggie Miller, anyone?
The problem is: The Knicks have struggled through the past decade and a half. We're at a point where Spike is simply beefing with the Knicks organization, as he wore a Charles Oakley jersey to a game and questioned owner James Dolan after he had Oakley escorted out of the arena earlier this season. It appears to be a long time until the Garden will be poppin', and Spike will be back atop this list.
No one is more loyal than Wale, who was named a creative liaison to the Wizards in 2014. After the Wizards swept the Raptors in the first round in 2015, Wale sent a series of shots at Raptors team ambassador Drake on social media:
That's not even Wale's greatest celebrity fan moment. During a Raptors broadcast vs. the Wizards in 2013, Raptors local broadcasters Matt Devlin and Leo Rautins discussed not knowing who Wale was. Wale, who happened to be in the arena, received word of this and went to the broadcast booth to confront Devlin. It was awesome:
Definitely not at the top of this list is Drake, the official team ambassador of the Raptors whose courtside seat at home games is usually occupied by other people throughout the season, as the Toronto rapper made it to only a handful of games this season. When Drake does arrive, he does make a splash. On Drake Night this season, he wore a shirt that read 'Woman Crush Everyday' with Doris Burke's face on it:
Drake on the trash talk he expects with the Warriors tonight + his Doris Burke WCE shirt pic.twitter.com/rs753YvHCY- Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) November 17, 2016
Which prompted a response from the esteemed NBA broadcaster:
@Drake dinner is on ❤️️- Doris Burke (@heydb) November 17, 2016
But most of the time, Drake is usually on the receiving end of jokes. After the Cavs went up 3-0 against his Raptors in the second round of the playoffs this season, his friend LeBron James offered to buy his pal some margaritas for the pain:
LeBron, as he headed to the Cavs locker room postgame and spotted Drake: "Where are we headed tonight? Margaritas on me" pic.twitter.com/Nt62rNjMGs- Dave McMenamin (@mcten) May 6, 2017
For his continued absence and inability to make an impact like Rihanna did in Game 1 of the Finals, we're putting Drake low on the famous fan list until further notice.
999. Mike Epps
In 2014, the famous stand-up comedian from Indiana tweeted a photo of himself courtside at a Heat-Pacers game (which has since been deleted), except, after some quick investigation by the online basketball community, we realized that the Heat were wearing different jerseys than what was in Epps' photo.
Also, subsequent tweet:
Blessed To Wake Up In Such A Beautiful Country Like Australia Aussie Aussie Aussie, Oi Oi Oi #AfterDarkTourInternational !!!!- Mike Epps (@TheRealMikeEpps) May 18, 2014
Maybe Epps is a time traveler?