Photo of actor Jack Nicholson sitting courtside at the Staples Center during a Los Angeles Lakers game. 

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Jack Nicholson has been a Los Angeles Lakers season ticket holder since the 1970’s. The talented actor always sits courtside at the Staples Center and is one of the most recognizable celebrities at Lakers games in addition to David Beckham, James Goldstein and Rihanna. However, on Sunday night when the Lakers were hosting the Cleveland Cavaliers, Nicholson was asked to show his ticket to the courtside usher.

Maybe the usher was new and had no idea who Nicholson was? Nicholson hasn’t been in a major motion picture in nearly a decade. Maybe Nicholson already had his ticket in hand and was just being courteous to the usher? You be the judge.

Following the incident, Nicholson was later joined courtside by legendary boxer Floyd Mayweather. The incident goes to show you that you’re never too famous to be asked to show your ticket. So don’t get frustrated when a stadium usher confronts you. Jack Nicholson is a serious Los Angeles Lakers fan. He even had Dane Cook and a friend removed from the courtside seats in a 2010 playoff game vs. the Boston Celtics.

There are only 124 courtside seats at the Staples Center and many of the season ticket holders transferred their season tickets from The Forum to the Staples Center in 1999. Contrary to popular belief, the Los Angeles Lakers do not provide free tickets to celebrities at their request. One season ticket for a courtside seat at the Staples Center exceeds $116K for Los Angeles Lakers games. The dollar amount drops significantly for courtside season tickets for Los Angeles Clippers games at the Staples Center. There is currently a waiting list for courtside tickets to Los Angeles Lakers games but openings are rare. As an average Joe, the best sections for celebrity watching at the Staples Center are sections 110 and 112.



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