GQ interviewed billionaire, fashion plate and self-styled “NBA Super Fan” James Goldstein. It’s incredible. Goldstein has season tickets to both the Lakers and the Clippers and travels around the country to go to games. According to him, he often gets mistaken for a rock star. He was a fan of the NBA before it was fashionable. He also has an absurd house. Here are some of the highlights.
He brings women to games. They’re all models, just so you know.
I have several girls that I take regularly that all love the game and sometimes they request a certain nights. More often, I just ask them. They’re all models. I have a girlfriend in Moscow who just visited me a couple weeks ago and took her to her first game, which turned out to be the double overtime game between the Lakers and Oklahoma. I think she enjoyed the experience.
He’s totally BFFs with everyone in the league.
How do I get playoff tickets? It’s different each night. For example, in Memphis, Chris Wallace is a very good friend of mine, so he always has a ticket for me in Memphis. When I go to Dallas, I am very well known through the Dallas organization. When he first bought the team, the first Dallas game that I attended in L.A., Mark Cuban came over and introduced himself and referred to me as a legend, which was very nice. So ever since then, we’ve been friends. In the case of Denver, even though I’m very good friends with the owner of Denver, he doesn’t arrange a ticket for me. I’m getting a ticket through a fan that I’ve met in previous years.
Except Kobe. Kobe doesn’t really like him.
Every now and then Kobe surprises me by walking up to me shaking hands and giving me a nice smile. But for the most part, he ignores me. He doesn’t look at me and even went to the extent of telling Pau Gasol not to say hello to me. He’s never explained why.
He’s also not an Andrew Bynum Fan.
The only other Laker who doesn’t communicate with me or even give me a nod of recognition is Andrew Bynum, who I’ve never spoken one word to since he became a Laker seven years ago. All the other players are very nice to me.
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