Goldstein explains his love for the playoffs and how the NBA Finals have dramatically changed since he first started attending games.
usa today sports
OAKLAND — Abruptly, less than an hour before Game 2 of the NBA Finals at Oracle Arena, a security guard outside the lounge reserved for the Golden State Warriors’ owners spread his arms.
“Hold on, who’s this guy?’’ he snarled.
An older man with a slight stoop, a subtle strut and long, frizzy hair approached in an all-black ensemble: python-skin hat, leather jacket with colored patches, studded leather pants, leather boots and a neck scarf. The man stopped amid gawkers and stared expressionless at the security guard, who suddenly broke into a smile.
The leathered man returned the smile and suddenly they were headed to the owners’ lounge.
“Who don’t know Jimmy?’’ the security guard said.
In NBA circles, James “Jimmy’’ Goldstein, 76, is almost as recognizable as Steph Curry, LeBron James and the other star players.