Jimmy Goldstein is a 76-year-old man best known for being an NBA fan. He has attended every NBA Finals game for more than 20 years, has season tickets to both the Lakers and Clippers, and spends about $500,000 a year on tickets, according to a brief profile in USA Today.
Goldstein spent $12,500 for tickets to Game 2 between the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers – and another $20,000 on his outfit for the game. Despite this embarrassing amount of wealth, Goldstein draws the line at taking a private plane and instead flies with the unwashed masses.
He said it makes him feel better about all the money he spends on tickets — virtually all of them courtside seats — which include two season tickets for the Lakers and Clippers games. He also attends about 30 playoff games a year.
“The cost of flying privately is ridiculously expensive,’’ Goldstein said.
A mysterious millionaire — in the piece, he wants to make it clear that he is not a billionaire — needs to draw the line on his expenditures somewhere. Besides, if you check in early enough with Southwest, you can sit at the front of the plane. It’s nice.
A few other tidbits from the story: Goldstein has a secret scale in his bedroom for weighing women; he only owns one car and he used to hit the clubs with Wilt Chamberlain. He’s basically Michael Douglas in Ghosts of Girlfriends Past (that’s a good reference, look it up).