“Sit down and shut the f—k up”: Matt Damon’s Rowdy Celebration With Mark Wahlberg to Take Down Kobe Bryant Made Zen Coach Lose His Cool in Public

“Sit down and shut the f—k up”: Matt Damon’s Rowdy Celebration With Mark Wahlberg to Take Down Kobe Bryant Made Zen Coach Lose His Cool in Public
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In the grand arena of glitzy gatherings, rarely does one encounter a spectacle as memorable as the epic showdown between Hollywood luminary Matt Damon and basketball maestro Kobe Bryant, all transpiring beneath the keen gaze of a coach, Phil Jackson who struggled to maintain his composure.

Academy Award winner Matt Damon at an event
Actor, Matt Damon.

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This remarkable saga unfolded during a fortuitous engagement between the 52-year-old and Mark Wahlberg, as they united to revel on the basketball court.


Matt Damon And Mark Wahlberg’s Celebration Forced The Coach To Lose His Composure

Few events in the rich tapestry of spectacular events have left an indelible mark on our collective memory like the exciting celebration by Hollywood heavyweights Matt Damon and Mark Wahlberg.

This electrifying incident unfolded against the backdrop of the storied rivalry between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Boston Celtics, a rivalry that has spanned generations in the NBA.

The rivalry’s zenith featured iconic figures like Magic Johnson and Larry Bird, who epitomized the fierce competition between the two teams, meeting repeatedly in the NBA Finals of glory. 

Matt Damon and Mark Wahlberg
Celebrites, Matt Damon and Mark Wahlberg

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This dramatic episode also casts a spotlight on Phil Jackson, renowned as the Zen Master for his composed demeanor. However, even the most peaceful individuals can be stirred by unexpected disruptions.

In a game during that Finals series, as passionate celebrity fans Damon and Wahlberg passionately cheered for the Celtics, Jackson’s composure wavered.


Frustration boiled over, prompting Jackson to take a crucial timeout and issue an unceremonious directive to the Hollywood luminaries: “Sit down and shut the fu** up.” During the Bill Simmons Podcast, the actor disclosed,

“Phil’s calling a timeout because he’s got to stop the bleeding. And, Wahlberg and I are like, Oh my God. And, as he calls the timeout, he just spins on us and goes, “Sit down and shut the f**k up. He was so mad. Which I get. Look. I can’t imagine if I’m having a bad day at work, and there are f***kin people cheering for my pain.”

This unexpected clash between basketball royalty and Hollywood glitterati was emblematic of the intensity and fervor that define NBA history.

In the end, despite Damon, Wahlberg, and the Celtics’ jubilation, it was the Lakers who faced a bitter defeat in the 2008 NBA Finals, a reality that surely must have tested even the Zen Master’s legendary composure.


The Boston Celtics Triumphed Over Phil Jackson’s Lakers In The NBA Finals

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2008 NBA finals

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Within the expansive chronicles of NBA history, few narratives rival the epic rivalry that unfolded between the Boston Celtics and the Los Angeles Lakers.

This storied feud, a tapestry of iconic moments and relentless competitiveness reached its zenith during the 2008 NBA Finals.


Guided by the esteemed Zen Master, the Lakers confronted the formidable Boston Celtics. The Celtics, boasting a star-studded roster featuring luminaries like Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett, ultimately prevailed over Jackson’s Lakers in a spellbinding face-off. 

By Game 4, the Celtics held a commanding 3-1 lead, setting the stage for an unforgettable climax.

Remarkably, the Lakers, spearheaded by Kobe Bryant and under Jackson’s protection, managed to claw back one victory in Game 5.


However, this valiant effort failed to alter the outcome, as the Celtics sealed their championship destiny with a resounding Game 6 victory.

While the Lakers would exact vengeance in the years to come, the 2008 victory carved an enduring legacy for Celtics fans worldwide. It remains a cherished testament to the indomitable spirit of competition in the world of professional basketball.

Source: Bill Simmons Podcast, The New York Times


Written by Muskan Chaudhary

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Muskan Chaudhary, Junior Content Writer at Fandom wire. Having completed her degree in Commerce, she has written over 500 articles spanning FandomWire and Animated Times in the pop culture. She is dedicated to bring the latest and informative content from the entertainment world, thus expanding her knowledge in the field. Apart from her contributions to FandamWire, she has a keen interest in video games, sketching and playing tennis.