You might not know Jimmy Goldstein by name, but if you watch enough NBA playoff games, you've probably seen him: leather clothes, long grey hair, a wide-brimmed hat and a rhinestone or two, almost always seated in the front row. He's a mega-multimillionaire -- his net worth is unknown, but let's just say his house is the artsy house in "The Big Lebowski" -- and one of his many passions is going to almost every NBA playoff game and getting front-row seats.
However, Myles Brown -- who has been transcribing an absolutely unbelievable series of interviews with Goldstein over at GQ -- has sad, sad news regarding tonight's Game 5 at AmericanAirlines Arena in Miami:
Just talked to Jimmy. He might not get a floor seat tonight. BECAUSE THEY'RE GOING FOR $20,000 A PIECE.— Myles Brown (@mdotbrown) June 21, 2012
Those same seats were $5,000 last game.— Myles Brown (@mdotbrown) June 21, 2012
The knock on Heat crowds is that they're more interested in being seen than in seeing the game and, well, people are willing to pay an awful lot of money to be seen right next to the action at the game that could see the Big 3 clinch their first NBA finals victory. You know it's bad when even someone committed to spending hundreds of thousands of dollars a year on criss-crossing the country for the best access to sporting events looks at the price tag and goes, "Well ..."
Birdman, however, will likely retain his usual perch in the Miami front row. As the old saying goes, it's always better to be a rapper than a real-estate mogul.