It’s rare for LeBron James to be a spectator at the NBA Finals—he’s usually playing in it—but that was indeed the case Saturday night with the Lakers star taking in Game 5 between the Bucks and Suns from his courtside seat at the newly-rebranded Footprint Center in Phoenix. James’ appearance at Game 5 predictably generated buzz on social media with many commenting on the 36-year-old’s elaborate choice in clothing. Fans of the Netflix sketch comedy series I Think You Should Leave with Tim Robinson couldn’t resist referencing “Dan Flashes,” a fictional store selling high-end shirts with “complicated patterns.”
LeBron, whose feature film Space Jam: A New Legacy debuted in theaters and on HBOMax Friday, also appeared to be stashing a bottle of Lobos Tequila (launched in 2020 with backing from James, Anthony Davis and Draymond Green, among other early investors) under his seat. Footprint Center strictly prohibits outside food and beverages (you can look it up in their online handbook), which means that James is either incredibly sneaky or celebrities aren’t governed like the rest of us double-fisting light beer in the 200 level.
As one particularly eagle-eyed Twitter user made note of, LeBron didn’t drink just a little tequila either. Depending on your point of view, that bottle is either half full or half empty.
James’ presence Saturday seemed to leave viewers with more questions than answers, though hopefully it didn’t distract from what was arguably the best game of the series with Milwaukee surviving a late comeback bid to win 123-119. Jrue Holiday’s alley-oop to Giannis Antetokounmpo with 13.5 seconds left proved to be the final nail in Phoenix’s coffin, moving the Bucks to within a game of their first NBA title in 50 years. Milwaukee will look to clinch the series on its home floor Tuesday night in Game 6.