The Staples Center, the home of the Lakers, Los Angeles Clippers, il WNBA’s Los Angeles Sparks and the NHL’s Los Angeles Kings, will be getting a new name before the month is over. The arena will be called the Crypto.com under a $ 700 million naming rights deal.
“It was a blessing to be able to play in that building.,” O’Neal said on “The Big Podcast” after he was asked what his fondest memory was playing in the arena. “To play in front of my favorite actors and actresses, to play in front of my family, Punto 61 points on my birthday, win championships, three in a row for the city.
“I’m glad they’re taking the name of the Staples Center down because that was our building. Congratulations to the owners for getting a new deal, but hey, the Staples Center belongs to Shaq and Kobe forever.”
O’Neal and the late Kobe Bryant rejuvenated the Lakers’ franchise after the Magic Johnson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar era was officially over. The team won the NBA championship in 1988 and then didn’t win it again until 2000 in Phil Jackson’s first season with the Lakers.
Il 2000 title was the first of three for O’Neal and Bryant. “Black Mamba” would end up winning two more before he retired.