Kobe Bryant is a living legend. He has defined an entire generation of NBA basketball. He was the self-styled heir apparent to Michael Jordan. But his time has passed, and now he plans to fade into the background. Another, perhaps more meaningful heir apparent to Michael has appeared in the form of this Golden State Warriors team, who on Wednesday will have a chance at 73 wins.
Granted, I am extremely biased and everything I say should be taken with a huge grain of salt, but which ticket would you rather buy? Which game would you rather watch live?
Forget, for a moment, that you are a Warriors fan. Forget your allegiances and your passions. Purely as a basketball fan, as a student of the game, which ticket would you buy?
I know my answer. I'd want to see a team make history. I'd want to watch something unprecedented transpire.
So, which ticket is the hotter item?
Of course it's Kobe's farewell game. Ugh.
The average sale price for the Warriors finale on the secondary market is $698, according to TiqIQ. The most expensive courtside tickets were listed for nearly $16,000 on StubHub on Tuesday.
As of Tuesday morning, courtside seats on the secondary market of Lakes game were listed for as much as $28,000 each. By contrast, similar seats for Tuesday night's Memphis Grizzlies-Los Angeles Clippers that will also be played at Staples Center are priced under $1,000.
The average selling price for a ticket on StubHub for the game is $970, a major markup from last season's season finale for the Lakers against the Sacramento Kings that had an average price of $58 per ticket.
A couple of things:
1.) Lol Clippers.
2.) Lol last season's Laker's finale.
3.) Are you kidding me with this?
Luckily, I'm not alone.
The winningest NBA team of all time, or a guy who last mattered in 2010. And yes, it's been since 2010.— Kirk (@KirkSeriousFace) April 11, 2016
I'd feel different if we werent treated to "Kobe's last ass wiping while in a NBA bathroom" by media coverage lol— Kirk (@KirkSeriousFace) April 11, 2016
You should watch the team that's dominating right now and not the washed up guy. Not that hard https://t.co/ildIPbtTrf— Amin Elhassan (@AminESPN) April 11, 2016
Oh, so much lovely salt.
The tickets are one thing, but I'll be very curious to see how the TV ratings compare.
Here's the full ticket info for tomorrow's Warriors game, from VividSeats.