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Former Lakers Fan Tony Finau Sits Courtside For Game 2 Of Jazz/Clippers Series

Tony Finau lines up a putt on the 16th green while wearing a jersey of former NBA player Kobe Bryant during the first round of the Waste Management Phoenix Open at TPC Scottsdale on January 30, 2020 in Scottsdale, Arizona. Bryant and his 13-year old daughter were among nine passengers killed in a helicopter crash on January 26, 2020. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Former Los Angeles Lakers fan and PGA Tour golfer Tony Finau sat courtside for Game 2 of the playoff series between the Utah Jazz and Los Angeles Clippers.

The Jazz hosted the Clippers at Vivint Arena for Game 2 of the Western Conference Semifinals on Thursday, June 10.

During the game, Finau sat courtside and wore a No. 45 Donovan Mitchell Utah Jazz jersey.

Finau, a former Lakers fan, recently changed his NBA allegiance to the Jazz.

Tony Finau: A Utah Jazz Fan

In December 2020, ESPN NBA insider Adrian Wojnarowski broke the news that Finau was no longer a fan of the Lakers.

Finau is a close friend of new Jazz owner Ryan Smith.

Thanks @wojespn!! Too good! The @Lakers organization has been great to me and I want to thank them for all the amazing moments over the years. But it’s time to come home! I am excited to be part of an exciting new era in @utahjazz history,” Finau tweeted of his new fandom. “I know that my brother @RyanQualtrics will do everything he can to bring an NBA Championship to our great state! Let’s get it, Utah!! Go Jazz!

Smith shared Wojnarowski’s message about Finau’s new fandom and said, “Too good… let’s go.”

Utah’s game against Los Angeles is broadcast on ESPN and 97.5 FM.

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