Garry Shandling’s Funny Friends Play One Final Basketball Game at His L.A. Home

Judd Apatow, Kathy Griffin, Jeffrey Tambor, and more gathered to say farewell to the star of <em>The Larry Sanders Show</em>
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Over the weekend, friends of beloved comedian Garry Shandling gathered at his home for “one last game of basketball” after the 66-year-old died suddenly of a heart attack last week. Judd Apatow shared a picture of the group on Instagram:

One last game of basketball at Garry's house to say goodbye.

A photo posted by Judd Apatow (@juddapatow) on

Kathy Griffin, Jeffrey Tambor, and Bill Maher also showed up at the star-studded tribute game, one of many Shandling hosted at his Los Angeles home. In fact, he was known for a near-ritualistic tradition of holding weekly showdowns. “Every Sunday he’s in Los Angeles, Shandling calls the game for noon,” Los Angeles editor-at-large Amy Wallace wrote in a 2010 profile for GQ. “The invitation-only crowd gathers in his kitchen to drink coffee, and at 12:30, everyone heads out the patio doors, past the pool and down a series of steps into the lower yard. As is the custom, the first person to reach the half-court grabs a leaf blower and sweeps it clean. Then they play: three-on-three to seven points, win by two.” Celebs like Sarah Silverman, Kevin Nealon, David Duchovny, and Friday Night Lights creator Peter Berg were often staples, with frequent appearances by Sacha Baron Cohen, Adam Sandler, Ben Stiller, Billy Crystal, and more. Despite the touching Instagram picture, Apatow rarely played: “Sarah’s better than me, and it’s shameful for me, as a man, to accept that,” he told Wallace.

Apatow’s is one in a sea of tributes shared on social since Shandling’s passing.

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