It is very common for megastars from all walks of life to show up at Los Angeles Lakers games. Ever since Jerry Buss birthed the Showtime Lakers, watching the purple and gold courtside is a way for the elite of the elite to remind us just how elite they truly are.
Now added to the list of megastars to watch the Lakers play in person is Hasbulla Magomedov. For those unaware, Hasbulla went mega-viral in 2020 and is extremely popular in the MMA community.
The 20-year-old Russian has dwarfism and has been called “mini Khabib (Nurmagomedov)”, as he too has even had a bit of a rivalry with combat sports superstar Conor McGregor.
Hasbulla put that rivalry to the side so he could sit courtside on Friday to watch the Lakers lose to the Dallas Mavericks in heartbreaking fashion. At least there was something that Lakers fans could cheer for from the game.
Hasbulla takes some of the spotlight off of the Lakers’ painful loss.
Friday’s loss to the Mavericks was one of the worst of the entire season because of everything that came with it. There were massive playoff implications with both teams being so close in the standings and it was a game the Lakers should have won.
Not only were the Mavericks short-handed without Luka Doncic, but the Lakers had the lead and control of the game late until Anthony Davis decided to blunder it away. Add in the fact that LA was coming off of an ugly loss to the Houston Rockets without AD and it was even worse.
But hey, at least Doncic was able to get a picture with Hasbulla!
Maybe the team need to start sending out a “no megastars until further notice” message out to any celebrities that want to come to games. It seems like every time there is someone notable in the crowd the team ends up losing the game in front of them.
The last star-studded game was with LeBron James broke the scoring record against the Oklahoma City Thunder. It was a great moment, but the team lost.
Unless Hasbulla wants to heckle some opposing players and cause their season to go into a downward spiral like Shannon Sharpe, LA should probably refrain from bringing him back to sit courtside.