Staples Center Rumors
Kobe Bryant not only set a points record for a player of his age in his final game Wednesday night, he also helped the Staples Center and the Los Angeles Lakers break all-time industry merchandise records. On Wednesday alone, the Staples Center sold $1.2 million worth of Kobe merchandise, Sean Ryan, AEG vice president of merchandise told ESPN. Ryan said that’s a single-day sales record for any arena in the world.
Arash Markazi: NBA Commissioner Adam Silver is in Los Angeles today to announce that the Staples Center will host the 2018 NBA All-Star Game.
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.”