News

11 times we wish we could have sat courtside with Jack Nicholson

11 times we wish we could have sat courtside with Jack Nicholson

JACK NICHOLSON: Actor Jack Nicholson tosses basketball back to referee prior to start of second half action on Wednesday, May 5, 1977 between the Los Angeles Lakers and San Francisco Golden State Warriors NBA playoff game in Los Angeles. Nicholson, a loyal fan who comes to many of the Lakers games, was very pleased at half-time as the Lakers came from 14 points behind to go ahead by two and later won the game 97-84. The Lakers won the nest of seven games 4-3 and met Portland Friday in the Western NBA playoffs. (AP Photo/IM) Photo: Associated Press

Jack Nicholson is almost as good at being a basketball fan as he is an actor. In honor of his 77th birthday, here’s just a few of the times we wish we could have been sitting courtside at the Lakers with the screen legend.

AP821028034_1
That time in 1982 when he had lunch with then head coach Pat Riley and the entire Lakers team.

AP96120101857_3
In 1996 when actress Sharon Stone joined Nicholson in his courtside seats to watch the Denver Nuggets take on the Lakers.

AP9704170761_4
Watching the Sacramento Kings take on L.A. with Sean Penn and Jack would have been pretty sweet.

AP99022801506_6
Or that time in 1999 when Former NBA superstar Michael Jordan laughed it up with actor Nicholson prior to start of Lakers’ game against the Houston Rockets. You know, just a normal day.

AP00060902156_7
Watching the 2000 NBA Finals would have been pretty “alright, alright, alright” if you got to sit next to Nicholson and his guest, actor Matthew McConaughey.

AP01060801601_8
The following year you could have watched the NBA Finals with Jack and his friend, actress Lara Flynn Boyle.

AP02020603445_10
Watching the Lakers take on the Bulls would be a laugh riot if you were sitting next to Adam Sandler and Jack Nicholson.

AP050128012031_12
But it’d probably be even funnier if you were sitting next to Chris Rock and Jack Nicholson.

AP060419024165_13
In 2006 Nicholson took talk show host Regis Philbin to a game against the New Orleans Hornets.

AP061128030386_14
Talk about star-studded. Academy Award winning actors Nicholson and Morgan Freeman enjoyed the Lakers game against the Milwaukee Bucks at the Staples Center in 2006.

AP090319037678_15
What we wouldn’t give to be privy to these courtside conversations: Nicholson and Joe Pesci sharing laughs during the first half of the game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Golden State Warriors in 2009.

Recent Headlines

in National

Jobless claims signal firmer labor market

Job seekers adjust their paperwork as they wait in line to attend a job fair in New York February 28, 2013.

The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits unexpectedly fell last week, suggesting the labor market continued to strengthen.

in National

Accused Boston bomber appears in court

In this courtroom sketch, Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is depicted sitting in federal court in Boston Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014, for a final hearing before his trial begins in January. Tsarnaev is charged with the April 2013 attack that killed three people and injured more than 260. He could face the death penalty if convicted.

The Boston Marathon bombing suspect told a judge that he was satisfied with his lawyers' preparations for the January start of his trial over the deadly 2013 attack.

in Sports

Thursday’s Sports Minute

grizzlies

Here's a look at some of the big sports stories making headlines today, Thursday, Dec. 18.

in Sports

Ray Rice investigation heating up

Former Baltimore Ravens NFL running back Ray Rice and his wife Janay arrive for a hearing at a New York City office building November 5, 2014.

Hundreds of NFL employees gave records to investigators looking into how Commissioner Roger Goodell handled evidence in the Ray Rice case.

in Lifestyle

We’re living 6 years longer

doctor

Fewer people are dying from cancer and heart disease in rich countries and there's a better survival rate in poor countries from tuberculosis and malaria.