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.”
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