Celebs at the 2015 NBA Finals: Kanye, Rihanna & More!
By Raphael Chestang
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While the most unfiltered view of the NBA finals is definitely from your couch at home (as LeBron James accidentally showed us last night), celebs are still vying for courtside seats. Here are some of your favorite stars who have been spotted at the series.
1. Kanye West: The 38-year-old Grammy winner is good friends with LeBron James, so he may be rooting for the Cleveland Cavaliers, despite the fact that they eliminated his Chicago Bulls in the Eastern Conference semifinals. People inside the arena for Game 4 told ET that there was an awkward moment when Kanye was shown on the jumbotron followed immediately by his ex Amber Rose, who was also in attendance.
2. Rihanna: The "B*tch Better Have My Money" singer seems to be rooting for the Cavs after posting a video message for LeBron before boarding an airplane, saying "LeBron, here we come, baby!" It's been reported that Rihanna was heard screaming LeBron's name outside of the Cavs' locker room after Game 1 in Oakland.
3. Jake Gyllenhaal: As a Los Angeles native, the Southpaw star is a proud Laker fan. Seeing as how the Oakland Warriors are rivals with his home team, Jake might be taking the Cavs' side in this series.
4. Carlos Santana & Cindy Blackman Santana: The 10-time Grammy winner and his wife performed the National Anthem before Game 2 in Oakland. The couple could be on different sides of the fence with regard to the series as Carlos' career took off in the Bay Area and Cindy is from Ohio.
5. Usher:The 36-year-old singer belted out the National Anthem before Game 4 in Cleveland. Usher is a minority franchise owner of the Cavs.
6. Floyd Mayweather: The undefeated boxer is an avid gambler and won $200,000 betting on Steph Curry and the Warriors in their series against the Houston Rockets. The champ hasn't made known who he's putting his money on for the current series.
7. Wale: The 30-year-old rapper and D.C. native was caught crossing over Cavs fans on a court outside of Quicken Loans Arena before Game 4. This may have been payback for the fans who didn't know who he was.
8. Metallica's James Hetfield and Kirk Hammett: The two guitarists played a moving rendition of the National Anthem before Game 5 at Oracle Arena in Oakland on Sunday.
9. Usher and Floyd Mayweather: The Grammy winner and world champion boxer caught up courtside during Game 5 at Oracle Arena.