The stars were out at Game 5 of the NBA Finals last night. For the Celts’ final home game of the season, the Garden was filled to the rafters with familiar faces, including a few who weren’t there to root for the home team.
The Keith Lockhart-less Pops played the national anthem, and then it was on between the green and those guys from LA. The rabble representin’ for the Celts included New Kids Donnie Wahlberg and Joey McIntyre, who predicted the C’s will win the series in six games. Sox players Josh Beckett, Jonathan Papelbon, Victor Martinez, and Adrian Beltre were in the house, as was GM Theo Epstein and BoSox brass John Henry, with wife Linda Pizzuti, and Larry Lucchino. (At halftime, Lucchino tried to pay for a Coors Light in the Lexus Courtside Club, and the bartender said, “You’re all set, Mr. Werner.’’) The crowd also included Pats coach Bill Belichick and girlfriend Linda Holliday, players Wes Welker, Julian Edelman, Mike Wright, Patrick Chung, David Patten, Damione Lewis, Brandon Meriweather, and Stephen Gostkowski, and ex-Pats David Givens, Tedy Bruschi, and Larry Izzo.
“Glee’’ star Mike O’Malley was decked out head to toe in Celts gear, and said he’d take the floor, if necessary.
“I’m ready. I’ve had both knees drained,’’ said O’Malley, who was hanging with Welker, Bruschi, and Fireman Capital partner Andy Spellman.
Also there was actress Eliza Dushku, with boyfriend Rick Fox, “Grey’s Anatomy’’ actress Ellen Pompeo, comedian Dane Cook, actor Brian White, nightlife nabob Patrick Lyons, chef Jasper White, celebrated Celtics KC Jones, Bill Walton, Dave Cowens, Tom “Satch’’ Sanders, and John Havlicek, and Aubrey O’Day, formerly of Danity Kane.
Eagles Glenn Frey and Joe Walsh, who gigged Saturday at Gillette Stadium, extended their stay to see the game, sitting with their manager Irving Azoff, and Don Law’s former PR director Pam Fallon. Not cheering for the C’s was Red Hot Chili Pepper bassist and longtime Lakers fan Flea, who was with his bandmate Josh Klinghoffer, Coachella creator Paul Tollett, “Celebrity Rehab’’ sidekick Bob Forrest, and Fenway Recordings founder Mark Kates, who most definitely was supporting the C’s. (The gang dined beforehand at Neptune.)
Making his way all the way from “Margaritaville’’ was singer Jimmy Buffett, who plays at the Comcast Center Thursday and Saturday. Also watching was director Spike Lee, the world’s fastest man Usain Bolt, Russian tycoon and new Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov, Nets coach Avery Johnson, “Hustle and Flow’’ actress Taraji P. Henson, NBA star Dwyane Wade, Philadelphia Eagles owner Jeff Lurie, Phillies players Ryan Howard and Kyle Kendrick, Pau Gasol’s buddy, Formula 1 racer Fernando Alonso, and “Survivor’’ contestant Stephenie LaGrossa.
Others ogling Game 5 included Reebok’s Paul Foster, flack George Regan, Highland Capital’s Bob Davis, Alibi GM Eric Aulenback, party promoter Ace Gershfield, Letters to Cleo manager Michael Creamer, Bank of America CEO Brian Moynihan, Anthony Athanas Jr. of Anthony’s Pier 4, UConn women’s basketball coach Geno Auriemma, and former Biogen CEO Jim Mullen.
After Nate Robinson’s clever quip comparing himself and “Big Baby’’ to Shrek and Donkey, we expected to see T-shirts last night featuring the dynamic duo as their animated alter egos. And it almost happened. We’re told Adidas contacted DreamWorks about creating the shirts, but the licensing deal didn’t come together in time.
Restaurants certainly got a boost from all the folks in town for the NBA Finals. Phil Jackson
and his family (including grandkids) dined at Davio’s over the weekend. The coach’s dish of choice was the veal scaloppini. Magic Johnson
was spotted chowing down at Prezza. Rajon Rondo
and friends had wings and nachos at Kings Dedham. NBA analyst Kenny “The Jet’’ Smith
, Kevin Garnett
’s wife, Brandi
, and ESPN commentators Mark Jackson
and Rachel Nichols
were all spotted at Legal Sea Foods at Long Wharf. Kobe Bryant
’s parents, Joe
, mingled with David
and Tiffany Ortiz
during a visit to Ortiz’s Big Papi’s Grille in Framingham.
Putting their best feet forward
Earlier in the day, many of those same celebs (and others) gathered at the Hatch Shell to take part in NStar’s Walk for Children’s Hospital. Rick Fox
— who has posted an amusing video on www.FunnyOrDie.com
featuring his former Laker self debating his former Celtic self — walked the walk with his Watertown-bred girlfriend, actress Eliza Dushku
. Everett gal Ellen Pompeo
joined in for the do-gooding with husband Chris Ivery
and their baby, Stella Luna
. Sudbury’s own Chris Evans
, who celebrated his 29th birthday yesterday, walked with chum Anna Faris
and local actress Ari Graynor
. Those three are in town to shoot the comedy “What’s Your Number?’’ in which Faris stars as a woman looking for love among her exes.
Having a ball
Basketball greats Charles Barkley
and Bill Walton
and actor Ed Begley Jr.
were front and center for the Dixie Chicks/Eagles show at Gillette Stadium on Saturday night. The Chicks dedicated their performance of the song “Sin Wagon’’ to Barkley, who Chick Emily Robison
said has always been a big supporter of the trio. . . . Phillies pitcher Jamie Moyer
was in the audience for Saturday night’s American Repertory Theater performance of “Johnny Baseball.’’ Jennifer Utley
, Phillies player Chase Utley
’s wife, told Moyer about the show after seeing it on Friday. Moyer posed for a pic during the night with actor Charl Brown
, who plays a pitcher in the show. . . . Boston band Buffalo Tom had a number of VIPs at their sold-out show at the Paradise Rock Club on Friday, including Celtics
president Rich Gotham
and his wife, Kara
, and Club Passim spokeswoman Susan Scotti
. . . . A number of local soccer players celebrated the start of the World Cup at the House of Blues yesterday. Revelers at the World Cup Boston 2010 Viewing Party included New England Revolution players Taylor Twellman
, Matt Reis
, and Khano Smith
, and Boston Breakers Kelly Smith
, Amy LePeilbet
, and Lauren Cheney
Hot spots in the Hub
Reality stars and models descended on local nightclubs over the weekend. “Jersey Shore’’ guy Pauly D
spent his Friday night spinning tunes at Royale. Mario Lopez
watched the Sox-Phillies game with Ed Kane
in Red Sox
owner John Henry
’s box before appearing at Kane’s nightclub Estate later. Eliot Spitzer
’s former friend Ashley Dupre
stopped by Kane’s MGM Grand
club Shrine with Playgirl Laurie Fetter
to celebrate the Playboy
Club’s 50th anniversary. Cambridge-bred “Baywatch’’ star Traci Bingham
hosted another Playboy anniversary party at the Ocean Club at Marina Bay.
"Wait till I tell my mom Stevie Wonder stayed for my set." -- Jay-Z
, yelling to the crowd over the weekend at the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival in Tennessee.
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