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Sports bucket list: Top 10 coolest seats in sports

Jack Nicholson court side at L.A. Lakers game (L) and Spike Lee court side at Madison Square Gardens.

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LA Lakers/NY Knicks (NBA): Courtside seats

Price: Lakers ($2,800)/Knicks ($3,700).

Where: Staples Center, Los Angeles/Madison Square Garden, New York

When: 41 home games per regular season, not counting the preseason or playoffs.

What: Lakers: 124 courtside seats/Knicks: 145 courtside seats.

Why: Arguably the most famous seats in sports. Where else can you rub elbows with Jack Nicholson and Spike Lee? Nothing comes closer, or more intimate, than NBA floor seats where LeBron James can come flying into your lap. Like everything else, "beachfront property is the most expensive," noted Lakers spokesman John Black.

How: There's the rub. Sold out to power players such as DreamWorks' Jeffrey Katzenberg. Go through ticket brokers. Price varies depending on opponent. Figure $10,000 to $15,000 a pop to watch Kobe Bryant's Lakers host "King James" and his NBA champion Miami Heat this Christmas Day.

Inside tip: Don't be fooled. Many floor seats on the twin celebrity rows are owned by companies that give them to celebs. Businessman Steven Jackson is the Lakers' biggest floor seat holder with eight tickets per game. So working your Rolodex might be best chance to high-five Kobe or Carmelo Anthony.

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