One of the least consequential—but most fun—elements of NBA games we’re losing in the Bubble is courtside seating. Sideline seats in New York, Los Angeles, and elsewhere have long been sites for unexpected celebrity mingling, real big fits, and some of the most outrageous watches in existence. It was only last year, during the Toronto Raptors’ run to an NBA Finals victory, that our dearly beloved Drake wore a watch professing his desire to do all sorts of bleepable actions. This year, obviously, there will be no fans—outrageously famous or not—sitting courtside. There will be no fits, there will be no sexy watches. So consider this a sort of In Memoriam of the 2019-2020 season, the NBA’s superstar fans, and their timepieces.
Jay Z’s one-of-one Rolex
Outside of maybe Drake, no one contributes more colorfully to the watch discourse than Jay-Z. This column was basically born