Crypto.com Arena Rumors
Head coach Willie Green said the Pelicans found a little extra motivation after they went through “a good portion” of Friday morning shootaround at Crypto.com Arena in the dark. “They didn’t turn the lights on,” Green said. “We talked to our guys about and we were like, ‘Look, we’ve all played with the street lights out before. So let’s get after it.’ I think it motivated us.”
Mark Medina: Starting today, Crypto.com Arena won’t require fans to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a negative test to attend any events. This coincides with both state of California and LA County both lifting those requirements for large indoor events.
Utah Jazz guard Trent Forrest left their game against the Los Angeles Clippers early on Tuesday night after teammate Rudy Gobert accidentally smacked him in the face. Forrest was ruled out of the game quickly, and was taken to a local hospital to be evaluated for a concussion. Forest was under the rim in the opening minutes of the second quarter at Crypto.com Arena and behind Gobert, who was fighting for position with Clippers big man Isaiah Hartenstein.
Christmas wrapped up nearly two months ago, but Floyd Mayweather still did his best Santa impression outside of the Lakers game on Tuesday night … doling out $100 bills to kids! It was a super generous act for the legendary boxer … who said, “I’m all about giving back to the kids” as he forked over cash to youngsters who were trying to sell candy bars at Crypto.com Arena.
The National Basketball Association is offering virtual courtside seats on Meta’s $299 Oculus Quest 2 devices. The headsets were one of the most popular Christmas gifts in 2021, showing that people seem to be more willing than ever to give virtual reality a try. And businesses are trying to keep your eyeballs on their content by creating VR versions of their apps and games. The NBA experience is free and available on Meta’s Horizon Venues platform, which is a free software download for the Oculus headset. People appear as digital avatars, sort of like cartoon versions of their real selves, and watch an NBA game from a courtside perspective. It’s not Jack Nicholson’s Los Angeles Lakers seat at Crypto.com Arena or Spike Lee’s seat at Madison Square Garden, but it almost replicates the real thing.
Staples Center has been home to many memorable events that are part of Los Angeles history, but it is best known as the home of the Lakers for more than two decades. So it’s fitting that a franchise that called the downtown Los Angeles arena home for 22 years has a sendoff planned when the Lakers play their final game before Staples Center becomes Crypto.com Arena. That name change happens Saturday.