IT'S SO HARD TO KEEP AN EYE ON THE bouncing ball these days, what with the NBA's celeb-studded sidelines. Witness the courtside commotion at Madison Square Garden, where paparazzi snap temporary residents Madonna
, JFK Jr., Jerry Seinfeld and Cindy Crawford with hubby Richard Gere "I come as often as I can," said Kennedy—usually with fan-companion Daryl Hannah—at the Knicks' May I playoff game versus the New Jersey Nets. "It's not rocket science, I just really enjoy it." Two nights before, front-row regular Spike Lee wasn't nearly as casual when officials ejected center Patrick Ewing. "Hey! That was a terrible call!" he yelled, as fellow Garden groupie Billy Baldwin also chimed in.
Hoops, though, aren't hip only in New York City. Madonna
has arena-hopped to see the Miami Heat (rumors have linked her to starters center Rony Siekaly and guard Brian Shaw), while a well-tressed Brooke Shields
and Andre Agassi went one-on-one in Atlanta to check out the Hawks. Though the sidelines may look like a hot night at Spago, nobody's looking to make a deal. "No way am I here to do business," said Lee. "Nothing other than my pleasure of basketball brings me here."