In a celebrity lineup not seen since the Los Angeles Lakers’ heyday in the ’80s, the stars showed up at the Staples Center Tuesday night and those willing their stumbling team to victory included Hilary Duff and David Beckham.
Also in the crowd – besides Laker legend Magic Johnson, who this time was a spectator – Kristin Davis, Kanye West, Dustin Hoffman, Andy Garcia, David Arquette and Fergie, all mingling in the celebrity-only Chairman’s Room below the stadium
“It was amazing sitting around that circle of fans,” Duff told PEOPLE courtside as she nestled with pro-hockey-player boyfriend Mike Comrie. “It was just really exciting.”
Diehard fan Jack Nicholson took his usual courtside seat, as actress Dyan Cannon rooted along with Penny Marshall. There, too, Eddie Murphy jokingly compared muscles with Sylvester Stallone, who sat beside Jeffrey Katzenberg and Steven Spielberg.
Some stars apparently shined brighter for the TV cameras than others. “I’m sitting here, and they show all these celebrities at courtside, and they didn’t show me,” actor Michael Clark Duncan complained at halftime. “But they showed Wall-E. What is Wall-E? Kung Fu Panda opened up at No. 1. They should have showed me.”
Among the noticeably few Boston boosters was New Kid Donnie Wahlberg, sporting a team jersey under his jacket. “I’m wearing my Celtic apparel because I don’t want anyone to confuse me for a Lakers fan,” he announced with pride.
The star-powered home team won 87-81, leading to a celeb-brations.
Some networked on the way out: Duff was seen introducing boyfriend Comrie to Fergie. Others just enjoyed the victory: Murphy was spotted giving a jubilant high-five to Spielberg as they walked alone in the tunnel towards their car.
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