Staples Center Rumors
But Kimmel quickly turned the tables on O’Neal. Kimmel mentioned another honor bestowed upon certain Laker greats: the erection of a bronze statue outside Staples Center. “You don’t know about this. This is a surprise to you,” Kimmel said to O’Neal as an artist’s rendering of a bronzed O’Neal dunking was shown behind him. “The Lakers asked me to mention it. This is the statue of you they are putting up at the Staples Center.”
Lakers President and co-owner Jeanie Buss confirmed the news in a statement released by the team: “We look forward to having Shaq join the other legends who have been honored with statues at Staples Center,” said Buss. “He is a giant not only in size, but also in stature and in what he accomplished as a Laker.
Hours after the Los Angeles Lakers’ guard announced his retirement, ticket prices for most of team’s home and road games rose quickly on the secondary market. The Lakers’ final regular-season game as L.A takes on the Utah Jazz at Staples Center on April 13 really spiked. The median price for the Lakers’ regular season finale rose by 240 percent, according to online ticket service SeatGeek spokesman Chris Leyden. The cheapest seat as of Monday morning was $571
The Clippers will be heading out of Los Angeles for training camp, spending time in Orange County before beginning their preseason schedule. The team will hold training camp at UC Irvine in preparation for their Oct. 3 preseason opener at Staples Center. Camp will open Sept. 26.
Kobe Bryant produced another banner in the Staples Center on Friday night — only this time he was the presenter. The five-time NBA champ appeared on stage during Taylor Swift’s show to present the pop megastar with a banner recognizing her for the most sold-out shows at Staples.
Kanye West turned 38 on Monday, and his wife, Kim Kardashian, helped him celebrate with a truly epic gift: she rented out the Staples Center in LA and brought all of the rapper’s friends along for a basketball game. Instead of watching the Los Angeles Lakers take the court, Kanye and his friends split themselves into two teams — East and West — for their own game. Kim’s sister Khloé shared an Instagram snap of the group in their jerseys, writing, “Kim rented out staples b*tch!!! Him and his boys are going to ball!!!! Happy birthday Yeezy!!!!” Kylie Jenner also posted a photo of herself with Khloé and her BFF Malika getting silly courtside.