The team that finished dead last in the Western Conference last year and boasted a dismal 17-65 record is currently the hottest ticket in the NBA on StubHub this season. According to NBC Sports, L.A.’s sales are up 130 percent from last season. The Lonzo Ball hype is so real, my friends.
And what do you get when you add Lonzo Ball, the Golden State Warriors, and Kobe Bryant’s jersey retirement ceremony? The best-selling game of the NBA season, by a long shot. Higher selling than the opening night LeBron/Kyrie reunion. Or the Cavs/Warriors Finals rematch on Christmas Day.
The hottest single-game ticket this season? Dec. 18 when the Warriors visit the Lakers — Kobe Bryant’s jersey retirement game, where the average ticket price is $660. Ticket prices right now range from $510 per seat in the top of the building to $7,000 or more to be in a prime location. That shouldn’t be a shock, Kobe sells. The Kobe game has generated more ticket sales on StubHub than the No. 2, 3, and 4 games on the list combined.
The second hottest-single game ticket of the season? February 11 in Boston, when the Cavaliers come to town and Paul Pierce gets his jersey hung in the Garden rafters. Fans love them some jersey hangings.