Celebrity watch: Homegrown stars Armstead, Minhaj wave the Kings’ banner at Golden 1 Center

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Armstead is a regular to Kings games, a local-born and raised football star who played at Pleasant Grove High and with the Oregon Ducks before the 49ers drafted him in the first round of the 2015 draft.

Minjah is a man of many roles — funny man, producer, political commentator, TV host. He was the featured speaker at the 2017 White House Correspondents’ Dinner.

Minhaj and Kings owner Vivek Ranadive exchanged high-fives and hugs at least twice on Sunday, the two sitting at midcourt. Minhaj also high-fived fans seated behind him, usually while waving a towel.

Comedian Hasan Minhaj, right, poses for a photo with Sacramento Kings owner Vivek Ranadivé, center, and daughter Ranadivé Anjali before Game 7 of the conclusion of the first-round NBA playoff series at Golden 1 Center on Sunday.
Comedian Hasan Minhaj, right, poses for a photo with Sacramento Kings owner Vivek Ranadivé, center, and daughter Ranadivé Anjali before Game 7 of the conclusion of the first-round NBA playoff series at Golden 1 Center on Sunday.

Armstead’s bosses were also at Golden 1: coach Kyle Shanahan and general manager John Lynch, though both were pulling for the Warriors.

Other celebs on hand included former Kings All-Stars Brad Miller and Peja Stojakovic, who was joined by his Jesuit High star and Stanford-bound scoring guard, Andrej.

Andrej Stojakovic talks with family friend Conti Kolokotronis, as he sits with his father and former Kings player Peja Stojakovic, during Game 7 of the first-round NBA playoff series at Golden 1 Center on Sunday, April 30, 2023.
Andrej Stojakovic talks with family friend Conti Kolokotronis, as he sits with his father and former Kings player Peja Stojakovic, during Game 7 of the first-round NBA playoff series at Golden 1 Center on Sunday, April 30, 2023.

Because Kings fans regard any former King as a celebrity, one-time Sacramento big man Harry Giles received a nice applause.

Also on hand was Dallas Mavericks guard Kyrie Irving, who sat across from the Warriors bench. He knows some of these Warriors, such as Steph Curry, Draymond Green and Klay Thompson, having hit the dramatic 3-pointer in Game 7 of the 2016 NBA Finals, won by Cleveland, which overcame a 3-1 series deficit to win the franchise’s first championship.