Inspired by Scott's awesome thread, which can be found HERE, here is the next installment:
So...even though I consider myself to a Laker fan (the NBA isn't really my thing...though I do try to catch every game I can on TV and do keep up with all the latest news), I realized very quickly that Clippers tickets are WAY less expensive. How much cheaper? For the price of sitting courtside, the best seat you could get at a Lakers game is the corner of the Premier section (top of the lower bowl). Again, craigslist is your friend!
Anyways...I have to say that the experience is AWESOME! If you enjoy watching basketball at all, you'll enjoy sitting courtside (duh). Hearing Chris Kaman try to talk sh*t was amazing. Also sitting right behind the Hornets bench was interesting, as you could really tell CP3 wasn't really on the same page as Byron Scott.
On to the photos....
That's how I roll.
As part of your at least $450 face value ticket, you get to feel important and enter the arena through the same tunnels players use. Too bad security doesn't let you wait anywhere near the fluffy, fluffy bunny filled with medicine and goo room (I saw a bunch of disappointed kids) to even try and get a high 5.
I get the impression the Lakers are pretty good. And your seats really suck if you are stuck on the 300 level.
This is the view if you sit behind a teams bench...Hope you enjoyed it, because if you were really there it would be interrupted every few minutes by really tall dudes supporting their team. How dare they.
GRRR, I'M AN ANGRY CP3!!! STAY AWAY FROM ME BYRON SCOTT!!
The view if you don't have a bunch of really tall people in front of you (this one is from a different game and the other side of the court)
This is where celebrities come to hide....at Lakers games. The biggest "celebrity" that bothers to show their face at Clippers games now is Bill Simmons. Ouch.
The only decent picture I took inside of the really small, over priced lounge ($12 draft beer!).
I wonder who would go first, Byron or CP3? Nice knowing you Byron unless somehow you manage to win a title this year. Twelve bucks for a beer? Here in Omaha that will get you the top bowl at the hottest ticket in town, the Creighton Bluejays.
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I just love all these comments on CP3/Byron that I've heard throughout the year. All you fans really know what you're talking about. I sit 4 rows up from the goal and haven't seen or heard anything. Maybe they did, maybe they didn't, it's just funny to hear everyone think these guys hate each other. If that was the case, Scott would have already been fired since that's the way it is in the NBA.
After seeing what you paid for those tix, you don't even want to know what I pay for mine. Granted, they're not sideline, but I'm 30 feet away from the other team's bench.
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^ Indeed. I certainly only claim to base an opinion off of what I've read, and the games I've seen them play on tv. However, there's just something about CP3 that I cant warm up to yet. I can't put my finger on it, but it's just the sense I get from watching him that he doesn't possess the same characteristics of other great team leaders.
I don't want to use the word selfish, because clearly the guy knows how to dish the rock, but it's just in the way he carries himself, I guess.....if that makes any sense. He seems like an okay guy, and he can definitely ball, but I'm just not completely sold on him yet.
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^^I'm only basing the caption on what I saw on that night. It was obvious that CP3 wanted no part of anything Byron Scott was saying that night. I also didn't pay anywhere close to face value for the tickets (still probably way more than the face value of your tickets though!). Again, craigslist is your friend!
Regarding Staples Center, you are correct Scott. The ring of suites goes almost all the way around. The club level restaurant fills in the rest of the space though, so you really are a mile away if you sit in the 300 section. You are also correct in saying that it is a very nice modern arena, aside from the 300 level being so high up. The rest of the seats are great. The only thing that seems a little dated now is the scoreboards/ribbons, which haven't been updated since the building opened in 1999.
My uncle used to co-rent a luxury suite at Staples. He was basically two suites to the right of Jerry Buss' suite, so it was pretty swank. Not the best place to watch in terms of distance and being removed from the crowd, but you can't complain about free drinks and food.
Here's some pictures, they're from 2004, the last year Shaq was on the team.
^ My parents went to a few concerts in there. I actually got to see the 2004 All-Star Saturday stuff from there, which was fun. The desserts they brought around were a-m-a-z-i-n-g.
The bathroom was out in the concourse, but it was still for luxury suite people only (and it was nice). Plus one time I got to yell at Sylvester Stallone: "Rambo, we need you for another mission!!"
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