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Phil Jackson and Kobe Bryant get up close with Jonah Hill

July 30, 2009 |  8:21 am

A report from Sports Business Daily today gives a little inside look at what life can be like along the sideline of a Lakers game when sports and Hollywood collide. Here's a report from the Daily off Wednesday night's "Jimmy Kimmel Live" involving actor Jonah Hill ("Superbad," "Knocked Up," "The 40-Year-Old Virgin") and Phil Jackson and Kobe Bryant of the Lakers: 

Actor Jonah Hill appeared on ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live" last night, where Kimmel displayed a picture of Hill at a Lakers game sitting next to the Lakers bench.
The picture showed Hill sitting only a few feet away from Lakers G Kobe Bryant.

Kimmel asked, "Now you weren't on the Lakers, right?"

Hill: "My agent has these awesome seats that are right next to the bench and until my career goes down the toilet which it's headed – hopefully not – but I get to sit there like four or five times a year. It's the most amazing thing forever and I feel so fortunate because I'm a lifelong Lakers fan and I've never had awesome seats like that before."

Hill: "I think I got carried away a little bit because Kobe Bryant talked to me and he was like, 'I love your movies,' and he started quoting 'Superbad' and stuff. It was mind blowing for me."

Hill said while at a Lakers game, HBO's "Curb Your Enthusiasm" was filming and "they're like, 'Can we use your seats and you take the two seats next to you while we shoot the thing?' Of course, I'm a huge fan. Anything, they're not even my seats. So I went to the seats right next to those ones and they shot their scene and then they were done....

"My friend and I were like, 'Let's switch back to the other seats,' but we didn't realize that's not good etiquette during the middle of the basketball game. So we switched and all of a sudden Phil Jackson who's never looked in our direction turns to us and says, 'Hey, this isn't musical chairs! Next time you move around during a play I'll kick you the (expletive) out of here!' It was the most terrible feeling because I look up to this guy so much."

-- Mike James


 

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