Last week, the New York Times ran an insightful article that explained how and why we see so many wonderful celebrities in the courtside seats at New York Knicks games, despite the fact that the franchise is forever mired in underachieving obscurity, no matter how many stars are signed. The short, obvious explanation is that the team could be the Washington Generals, but as long as it plays in New York City and Madison Square Garden, famous people are going to want free tickets while they’re in town.
The slightly longer but still very obvious explanation is that James Dolan and the Knicks knows that when they’re not even in a playoff spot, they have to keep the average fans interested in the product, and that’s why we get to see Michelle Rodriguez and Cara Delevingne smooching during the action or Paul Simon seeming uninterested that he’s sitting next to Kate Upton. But the bottom line is entertainment value, and I say with confidence that there has never been a more interesting and entertaining random pairing of celebrities in courtside seats at a Knicks game than 50 Cent and Meryl Streep.
While the Knicks defeated the Lakers yesterday in New York, Streep and Fiddy became the bestest of friends, as they seemingly had a blast sitting together. It even spilled over into the VIP area of MSG, as Streep, Fiddy and Kobe Bryant posed for a picture together. People ask why we’re so obsessed with random celebrity “news” sometimes, and these adorable photos will forever be my prime examples.
(Images via Getty and 50 Cent’s Instagram)