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Friday, May 18th, 2012 at 3:10 pm  |  45 responses

Kobe Bryant Forbids Teammates from Talking to Super-Fan Jimmy Goldstein


If you’ve watched an NBA game (or post Playoff game press conference) before, then you’ve more than likely seen Jimmy Goldstein sitting courtside with an impossibly beautiful supermodel by his side. In a story for GQ by SLAM’s very own Myles Brown, the legendary fan talks about the somewhat frosty relationship between himself and Kobe Bryant: “I have friends on every team and every team thinks I’m there to root for them. I try to put on a neutral stance as much as possible when I go to the games, with the exception of the Lakers games. The Lakers players are all aware that I root for the other team. With the exception of Kobe, they seem to take it pretty well. 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. Pau and I were very good friends before he got traded to the Lakers. After he became a Laker, he’s standing at the baseline during the Lakers warm ups and he would never say hello. Finally, during the All Star Weekend a couple years ago, when I ran into him and he wasn’t putting on his ‘Laker face’ so to speak, he gave me a big hug and apologized for not being friendly to me at the games, but told me that it was because Kobe asked him not to be friendly to me. 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. I have a terrific relationship with Ron Artest/Metta World Peace. He comes up to me at halftime of every game and has a little chat. During the NBA Finals in Boston, the Lakers had their own private dining room. He insisted that I go into the dining room with him, even though I told him that I didn’t think it was a good idea. So he couldn’t care less that I don’t root for the Lakers.”

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  • Zabbah

    Who the hell is Jimmy Goldstein?

  • Dennis

    Yea, so what.

  • http://redoftoothandclaw.ca/ niQ

    “impossibly beautiful supermodel”

  • http://www.slamonline.com Double J

    Cue Trash Talk: Why do we even care about this? Great reporting slam, you guys really have life cut out for you in NYC.

  • http://minusthebars.blogspot.com Don

    Yeah.

    What Zabbah said…

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    Good. Don’t talk to that slime.

  • namik

    Sounds like a massive douche. Hate people who name drop.

  • Well DAMN

    Huh?

  • T-Money

    i actually like jimmy goldstein because he’s a basketball junkie, he’s not there to only to be seen. but it’s very confusing to me when celebs sort of expect players to acknowledge them. you’re paying to see a show, the price of admission doesn’t include interacting with the talent. same thing for music shows, the artist doesn’t have to meet you backstage because you’re well known.

  • http://www.twitter.com_dfrance dfrance21

    Yeah he doesn’t have to be acknowledged but telling another grown man not to talk to someone, and that grown man actually listening is some lame sh1t. But who the heck is this guy?

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    It’s one thing not to acknowledge someone, and it’s something else to tell people not to talk to him.

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    Slow claps for AllenP.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Myles Brown

    Who the hell is Zabbah?

  • T-Money

    to me, that’s on pau. what is kobe going to do if he talks to jimmy, send him to his room?
    let’s remember that kobe doesn’t talk to anyone DURING games. i’ve seen him ignore chris rock who was a foot away from his face.

    i could totally see the convo going like:
    - man, pau, get your head in the game. stop talking to all these celebs. do whatever you want when the game is over.

  • bike

    It’s perfectly OK to tell people not to talk to a creepy looking old guy who dresses like a freak, always is in the company of beautiful arm candy, and has a last name of Goldstein.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Myles Brown

    Jimmy doesnt talk to anyone during games. Just pregame and halftime. And they do so willingly. Everyone Ive asked about Jim loves him. Especially Joakim Noah.

  • tomtom

    Why do you feel entitled to be spoken to? Stop thinking your a part of something, just another guy with a ticket.

  • https://www.google.com/search?aq=0&oq=Paul+George+gr&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8&q=paul+george+grew nbk

    Myles, how long has Goldstein been traveling the country going to games? Wasn’t he just a fixture at LA games for a while? Or has he always gone around the country?

  • T-Money

    awesome profile, myles. but i must say that i’m a little less fond of jimmy after the article. there’s a certain entitlement that rubs me the wrong way.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Myles Brown

    Jim has been traveling since at least the 90′s to my knowledge, prolly longer. He has Lakers and Clips season tix and makes about 90% of those games. And I can see how some would think he’s entitled, but he’s honestly a very unassuming and generous dude. He doesnt actively seek attention, just naturally draws it. His friendships and notoriety have given him a level of celebrity, but in interacting with him whether alone or in a group, Ive never seen him act like one. Nothing but love for that guy.

  • Scott

    Jimmy Rocks. Kobe’s punk azz would never be so bold to tell Artest who he can and cannot talk to. He knows better. Gasol and Bydumb are soft for allowing another man to tell them who they can speak to.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Sh*t, i don’t see him as feeling entitled. Other than his personal style I would do the exact same sh*t he does, except my “home base” wouldn’t be LA. Simply because i would never be able to live there without a real big incentive.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gkhGPrEMx5c The Mauve Avenger

    Is this guy gay?

  • Heals

    ^^^Yeah I learned about him a while back since I am able to catch Clips and Lakers games. Think I heard some stories about him shooting around in Phx before games in late 80′s/early 90′s (can’t remember if he did Carolla or Simmons podcast either). Dude just does him, but everyone on the outside thinks he does it for attention unfortunately. Guys seen ALOTTA hoops over the years and no doubt has good stories in the bank. As for PauGasol, be your own man…

  • PnoyVibe

    I think he’s getting punk’d by Kobe and Bynum

  • Vicki

    I agree with everyone else, he buys a ticket to watch the game, so watch buddy if you r a fan. He sounds like a girl in high school complaint about people not saying Hello! Good for you Kobe guy sounds like. Wanna-be

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    Who the hell is Jimmy Goldstein?

  • Dungeon Family

    Is that the man that always wearing a hat looking like Crocodile Dundee?

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    Dungeon – yes that’s him.
    -
    Teddy, he’s a guy who has been going to games in Los Angeles and sitting front row forever. Nobody (that I know of) really knows how he made his money. Maybe inheretence or real estate? Idk. He’s a multi-millionaire though, and sitting in the front row for decades has made him a celebrity. As far as I know.

  • Heals

    Jack Nicholson is the MilliVanilli to Jimmy Goldstein’s JimiHendrix…

  • Cool Dude

    Dude’s arm candy looks 16. This guy is mad creepy.

  • TheWhiteMarkPrice

    He looks like Freddie Krueger’s broken down stunt double.

  • http://Roosterteeth.com Caboose

    Retail store inheritance. He has his own Wikipedia page (which has a SLAM shoutout in it), and is worth checking out.

  • Ldub

    Is he the “crocodile dundee” look alike?

  • Ldub

    ha didnt see that dungeon already said what i said!!! good ish kind sir good ish!

  • CyberCosmiX

    Who the hell are all of you? If you actually watched games for years, this guy goes to a Western Conf playoff game every night, for years. I’m talking Dallas, Utah, OKC, wherever. He is an NBA ‘Superfan’ and has been on NBA TV talking about his Staples Center season tickets, when asked if he roots for the Lakers and Clippers he said 100% Clippers, 0% Lakers.

    Look for him, he sits behind the basket near the opposing bench at the Staples, he usually has the best tickets when he travels anywhere else, he had the floor seats closest to midcourt, right next to Marv and Kerr, when Lakers played OKC. He always wears a crocodile dundee type hat.

    I’m surprised, a lot of ‘hoops fans’ don’t even know who he is? He’s been going to games for decades, you’ll see most opposing players go talk to him, looking for him during games makes him the ‘where’s waldo’ of the NBA.

  • CyberCosmiX

    BTW, he’s a fashion designer I think from Milwaukee. About 10 years ago or so they did a segment on him here on L.A. KCAL-9. His house on the Hollywood hills overlooks all L.A., from Malibu to downtown. He’s loaded, but those skinny girls he always has with him are probably only there as a fashion accessory for him.

  • thomcarl

    Screw kobe, he’s a pompous ass.

  • Hobbes

    Jimmy Goldstein is the No.1 fan of NBA and his games dates r so hot…

    http://www.jamesfgoldstein.com/friends.php

  • bill

    Whoopi Goldberg is an “impossibly beautiful supermodel” if she stands next to this toad. Gack!

  • http://twitter.com/TwelveInchFinch Creflow Dollars

    Ron Artest is hilarious

  • http://twitter.com/TwelveInchFinch Creflow Dollars

    This also shows how much Kobe tries to be like Jordan, he’d probably be better off doing more to fluff Pau’s ego as opposed to always being so hard on him

  • http://SlamDunk Marilyn Jones

    Who really cares. If you root for other teams & not the Lakers, why do the Laker players need to talk and be nice to you. We have Jack & Denzel and other big stars. Why do we need you? We Don’t

  • http://SlamDunk Marilyn Jones

    Jimmy we don’t care about you. You buy a ticket like everyone else. Why do our Lakers need to be nice to you? They don’t! By the way Jimmy, we have Jack & Denzel.

  • bdogg

    he is the creepy old dude that sits next to JACk that looks like he raided tommy Lee’s wardrobe from his motley crue dayz! on that thought…old man….go get JACK a beer dude!

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