Thunder coach Scott Brooks insists he doesn’t remember what he and actor Jack Nicholson chatted about during Game 5 at the Staples Center on Tuesday night. A three-time Oscar winner and 12-time nominee is seated in the front row and strikes up several conversations during an NBA playoff game, yet Brooks doesn’t recall the particulars? Come on. Seriously? Brooks smiled, shook his head and said, "don’t remember.” Perhaps Brooks has a selective lack of memory. What happens with Nicholson, stays with Nicholson. Then again, maybe Brooks was in shock watching his team’s embarrassing 111-87 loss unfold against the Lakers that night. A well-humored guy, Brooks quickly manufactured a fictitious quote from the 73-year-old Nicholson. "Maybe he said being down by 25 in Game 5 against the Lakers was not on my ‘Bucket List,’ ” Brooks said, drawing laughter from reporters after Thursday’s practice. Brooks said he and Nicholson have had sideline exchanges since Brooks joined the league as a player in 1988, and then later as a coach. As you would expect given the circumstances, Nicholson was particularly chatty during the Game 5 romp. "He harasses me every now and then with, ‘Come on, quit complaining about the fouls,’ ” Brooks said. Brooks did recall a conversation in which Nicholson said he grew up in the same city with one of the NBA referees. "So we harassed him a little bit about that,” Brooks said. Evidently, the Thunder has a fan in Jack. "He congratulated us on having a good year, that our guys are playing well and that we’ve got a lot of skilled players,” Brooks said. "He’s always been very friendly. He’s a fan. He’s a Lakers fan, but he’s a fan of guys playing hard and performing. He likes what we’re doing.” The Lakers lead the series 3-2, and Game 6 is today at 8:30 p.m. inside the Ford Center. Nicholson is not expected to be in attendance tonight, though he did make a couple of trips to the Boston Garden in the mid-1980s. There is a good chance NBA superfan Jimmy Goldstein will make a return visit from L.A., however. "Every year around this time I hear that Jack might be coming out on the road, but he never does,” said Goldstein, who attended Games 3 and 4 in the Ford Center. Judging from his lack of memory involving Nicholson, Brooks apparently doesn’t get star-struck at Lakers games. However, Thunder players got caught sneaking a peek at the stars during a regular-season game on Nov. 22, 2009. The American Music Awards were held across the street from Staples Center at the Nokia Theatre that night, and numerous stars arrived late to the Lakers-Thunder game. When the Lakers built a 26-point lead early in the fourth quarter, someone from game operations gave Grammy-winning will.i.am of the Black Eyed Peas a microphone during a timeout. Brooks said all Thunder eyes, including his, were on will.i.am as he performed, as were all Lakers eyes. (Why they would look at him rather than Fergie is beyond me.) Brooks insists his team’s horrendous first quarters in the Staples Center throughout this series have nothing to do with his players star-gazing. "The playoffs are such a big deal to us,” Thunder forward Nick Collison said, "I don’t really care very much if Rocky (Sylvester Stallone) is in the stands.” John Rohde: 475-3099. John Rohde can be heard Monday-Friday from 6-7 p.m. on The Sports Animal Network, including AM-640 and FM-98.1.