How are these two related? Besides having affiliations with Cleveland athletic teams, both attended the Clippers vs. Jazz competition, both sitting next to the Jazz bench. Coco Crisp (outfielder in a sport called baseball) was sitting right next to the bench, in fact. It took me awhile to realize who the familiar looking guy was sitting behind the Jazz bench, but I am absolutely sure it was Dan Gilbert, owner of the Cleveland Cavaliers. He was enjoying the game, sipping on his beer.
Coco Crisp had some nice conversations with Raja Bell and Kyrylo Fesenko, the latter giving him a piece of candy the trainer passed around. I have no idea why Dan Gilbert was there. Maybe he is celebrating New Years in LA? The Cavs were playing in Charlotte the same night.
Other attendees were Jon and Brent Barry. Brent had his San Francisco Giants sweatshirt on, but made sure to take it off when he did is interview with Dain Blanton. Cuttino Mobley sat in front of me with his kids, and he and the refs made small talk during the game. Deron Williams, Raja Bell, and Andre Kirilenko also talked to him during timeouts.
ClipperNation, we finally seem to have some celebrities showing up to our games.
In other news, I saw on Eric Bledsoe's facebook page that he hung out with Lebron James for Christmas. They both were in LA, after all. Is Lebron perhaps jealous that Bledsoe gets to play with Blake Griffin? Whatever, he had his chance.