Fans of the basketball world cannot help but notice the many celebrities that occupy the Oracle Arena courtside seats to watch their touted Golden State Warriors. Seemingly, the purpose is to watch a game up-close and personal, however there lies a bigger motive which is the effort in trying to earn an invite to a practice.
The Warriors’ practice facility in Oakland is no stranger to actors, musicians, athletes, and political figures, the New York Times reports. Bruce Fraser, a Warriors assistant, said to the Times that visitors often arrive because of curiosity.
“It’s almost like being inside of a studio when they’re making a record, right?” Fraser said. “There’s something unique and authentic about that process. You want to see how it all works.”
Those that have visited the practice site include names such as romance novelist Danielle Steel, Los Angeles Angels star Mike Trout, “Outliers” author Malcolm Gladwell, and the mind behind Tae Bo, Billy Blanks.
Celebrity guests also take the time and effort to rendezvous with the Warriors on the road as they are more than often. Coldplay’s Chris Martin apparently dined out with the team the night before a road game against the New Jersey Nets in December, and made an appearance during Curry’s private pregame workout.
Warriors staff associated with head coach Steve Kerr said that he is “pretty generous with his time and with our access.” Kerr sometimes brings in guests to talk to players at practice.
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