Nicki Minaj beats Beyoncé for craziest courtside look at NBA game

Suzy Byrne
Editor, Yahoo Entertainment
Put me in coach! Nicki Minaj looked game ready at Tuesday’s Lakers game. (Photo: Allen Berezovsky/Getty Images)

Nicki Minaj outdid herself at the Los Angeles Lakers game against the Houston Rockets in L.A. on Tuesday. It was hard to pay attention to the action on the floor when the “Anaconda” singer, seated courtside, came out of hiding in such a big way.

The 35-year-old attention-getter had her shades on for the game and blond locks piled high, surely making it hard for the person behind her to see. But it’s her outfit that deserves its own highlight reel: a cleavage-exposing leather bodysuit and chaps, fishnets, and spiked stilettos. (Yes, we said chaps.) The topper — literally — was her silver sci-fi snakeskin-pattern coat. Right now, Barbz are scrambling to copy the look, but truly it’s a tough one to touch unless you are Queen Minaj.

Nicki Minaj’s outfit included chaps, and she wore a silver coat straight out of a sci-fi movie. (Photo: Allen Berezovsky/Getty Images)

We have come to learn that Nicki is never boring. A few years ago at a 76ers game in Philly, she wore a pink fur jacket and leather pants, and wanted everyone to see her oversized hot-pink Chanel bag. She had on shades indoors that time too.

Pink lady Nicki Minaj looks on during the game between the Phoenix Suns and Philadelphia 76ers on Jan. 26, 2016. (Photo: Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)

She also turned heads in a big way at the 2015 All-Star Game. She looked totally casual in a bedazzled bra top and sparkly heels.

Nicki Minaj attends the 64th NBA All-Star Game 2015 on Feb. 15, 2015, in New York City. (Photo: Kevin Mazur/WireImage)

So it seems that courtside at NBA games has become its own runway for the famous. Beyoncé knows it as a former owner’s wife. Remember the time she wore a $22,000 Gucci kimono to a game? One would think if you had that much to spend on a cape, then you’d be able to afford jeans that weren’t falling apart, but, hey, don’t question Bey.

Jay-Z, Blue Ivy Carter, and Beyoncé Knowles attend the 66th NBA All-Star Game on Feb. 19, 2017. (Photo: Theo Wargo/Getty Images)

While most people think of a basketball game as a place to kick back — sneaks, jeans, some sports gear (made cuter for ladies by Alyssa Milano) — celebs love showing up in the least sporty attire ever. We love Rihanna, but do you think she could run a block the length of the court in those heels?

Rihanna attends the 2014 Summer Classic Charity Basketball Game at Barclays Center on Aug. 21, 2014, in New York City. (Photo: Jerritt Clark/Getty Images)

Kendall Jenner seemed to think she was on a runway here in 2015 with those knee-high stiletto boots.

Kendall Jenner attends a basketball game between the Houston Rockets and the Los Angeles Clippers at Staples Center on May 8, 2015. (Photo: Noel Vasquez/GC Images)

Here, Kendall’s seatmate, Bella Hadid, had on Christian Louboutins, totally one-upping her.

Kendall Jenner and Bella Hadid attend a basketball game between the Dallas Mavericks and the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center on Nov. 8, 2016. (Photo: Noel Vasquez/GC Images)

Though that is casual compared with Diddy making an entrance in … a long fur coat.

Sean Combs attends a game between the Brooklyn Nets and the New York Knicks at Barclays Center on March 12, 2017. (Photo: Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Kim Kardashian also wore fur to a game — and it was a weird one.

Kim Kardashian attends the Miami Heat versus New Jersey Nets Game at Prudential Center on Oct. 31, 2010, in Newark. (Photo: Getty Images)

Mariah Carey, like Minaj, was feeling the excessive cleavage look in 2017. However, ya know, she had on pants.

Mariah Carey and Bryan Tanaka attend a basketball game between the Atlanta Hawks and the Los Angeles Clippers at Staples Center on Feb. 15, 2017.  (Photo: Noel Vasquez/Getty Images)

And while Spike Lee has worn some craaazzy things, at least they are related to basketball. He’s a die-hard Knicks fan, so as nutty as it seems, it works.

Spike Lee attends the Boston Celtics versus New York Knicks playoff Game 3 at Madison Square Garden on April 22, 2011, in New York City. (Photo: James Devaney/FilmMagic)

As they say, to each his own, right? Though … chaps? Really, Nicki?

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