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  • Writer's pictureAndrei Ojeda

To Err Thy Greatness - Errors On Kobe Bryant Statue To Be Fixed

The next time you attend a Lakers, Clippers, Kings hockey or any other event at Arena, as you pass by the much celebrated Kobe Bryant Statue unveiled last month, you may notice that at the marble base of the statue are some glaringly needed adjustments.

The statue depicts Kobe in his white No. 8 jersey with his right index finger walking off the court following his 81-point performance against the Toronto Raptors in January 2006. 

At the marble base of the statue are the player stat lines of the box score from both teams on the night of Kobe’s accomplishment.

However some spelling errors were noticed on players names Jose Calderon and Von Wafer, as well as “decision” being misspelled as “decicion” from the stat line. 

A tweet from German basketball journalist Andre Voigt shows photos of the errors. 

“We have been aware of this for a few weeks and are already working to get it corrected soon,” a Lakers spokesperson said in a statement on Monday. 

The bronze statue was sculpted by Julie Rotblatt Amrany and stands 19 feet high and weighs 4,000 pounds. The statue also includes a QR code which fans can scan with their phone. The QR code directs fans to a  short film directed by Antoine Fuqua and narrated by Denzel Washington .

The statue is the first of three to be created honoring the five-time NBA Champion and top scorer in Lakers history. Hopefully everything will be spell checked before Black Mamba is honored along Chick Hearn Court.

Fans honoring Kobe the day after his statue was unveiled, 2/9/2024

Follow and view all of Andrei’s Los Angeles journeys on Instagram @thestadiumjourneyman and @dreiinla.

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