The only in-person celebrities at Game 1 of the NBA Finals on Wednesday were on the court.
But the stars came out in force in the virtual stands that have become a staple of the NBA’s Disney World bubble. The courts in the bubble are flanked by video screens, giving fans the opportunity to show up virtually to support their teams.
On Wednesday, those “seats” were reserved for the stars. Former President and basketball super fan Barack Obama had a front-row seat. He was flanked by Los Angeles Lakers icons Shaquille O’Neal and James Worthy to watch the Lakers dominate the Miami Heat, 116-98.
A virtual fan in the audience for Game 1 of the NBA Finals: Former President Barack Obama pic.twitter.com/2WVIZf9cWY— Malika Andrews (@malika_andrews) October 1, 2020
“Good Morning America” anchor and former ESPN host Robin Roberts joined them in the front row.
“Stands” packed with NBA champions
A wider shot showed a who’s who of NBA icons in the stands, including other Laker greats Pau Gasol and Robert Horry. Dwyane Wade and Ray Allen were there to support the Heat — come to think of it, maybe Shaq was too (but probably not).
Can you name all the stars here? 🤩 pic.twitter.com/aZjOb8nG1i— NBA Memes (@NBAMemes) October 1, 2020
That looks like Dirk Nowitzki and Bill Walton next to each other in the back row with Manu Ginobili a couple rows ahead of them.
ESPN cameras caught Kareem Abdul-Jabbar tucked away in a corner.
Worthy took notice of the company in his vicinity. He’s happy to have Obama on his team.
Also, notice the lack of love from Lakers Twitter with Horry sitting right there.
You do what you can to support your team in 2020.
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