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How long has Jack Nicholson been attending Lakers home games?

Throughout the decades, Nicholson’s passion for the Lakers has remained unyielding, solidifying his reputation as an icon within the Lakers fan community.

Jack Nicholson attends a playoff basketball game

Jack Nicholson, an iconic Hollywood figure and long-time supporter of the Los Angeles Lakers, has become a beloved personality among Lakers fans. For almost five decades, Nicholson’s unwavering dedication to the team has made him a well-known name in the entertainment industry. Since 1970 his courtside presence and signature opera glasses have become an integral part of Lakers games, indulging in thrilling on-court action.

Nicholson’s love for the Lakers runs deep, as evidenced by his playful confrontation with former Chicago Bulls coach Dick Motta during a game in the early 1980s. Despite his absence from Lakers games the previous season, reportedly due to the team’s poor performance, Nicholson remains the most recognizable Lakers fan. Fondly known as the “Purple and Gold,” his enduring connection with the team and its loyal fan base remains unshaken.

Recently, the 86-year-old Lakers superfan and three-time Oscar winner made a triumphant return to the arena, reclaiming his customary seat for the first time since the opening game of the 2021-2022 season. Nicholson’s presence in the stands has become synonymous with Lakers’ home games, and his reappearance brought a wave of excitement among fans and spectators alike.

While the Lakers have clinched an impressive total of 12 championships throughout their illustrious history since he started visiting their games, Nicholson experienced a bittersweet moment when he couldn’t attend the team’s most recent championship victory due to the global COVID-19 pandemic. Despite his absence from the stands, his unwavering support and enthusiasm for the team undoubtedly persist, eagerly awaiting the day when he can once again cheer on the Lakers in person.