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Fans will get over the huge transition after the Lakers create a statue honouring the Black Mamba, says Kenny “The Jet” Smith, and the Staples Center’s name change will NOT erase the history Kobe Bryant established within the building.
Starting on Christmas Day, the famous facility will be known as Crypto.com Arena as part of a staggering $700 million transaction.
While this is great news for the club (that’s a lot of money), some supporters are outraged by the relocation, especially because Staples is known as “The House That Kobe Built.
“Speaking with the “Inside The NBA” expert about the switch, he believes Laker Nation would forget about their dissatisfaction until Kobe is recognized outside the venue, whatever the name is.
“The statue outside with Kobe in front, that’ll settle everything down,” The Jet told us Wednesday. “Still, the name of the arena always changes, but what happens inside of it never changes.”
Of course, Kobe is the first Laker to have two jerseys retired, with #8 and #24 hanging in the rafters. Outside the venue, Kobe’s statue will join the likes of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Shaquille O’Neal, Magic Johnson, and others… and Smith is confident it will mean just as much to fans even if the Staples name is gone.
Story by : Norvisi Mawunyegah