Vanessa Bryant, widow of Lakers legend Kobe Bryant, responded to the renowned Staples Center of the Los Angeles Crypto.com Arena, naming the site: “The House Kobe Built.”
It was announced late Tuesday that the 20,000-seat downtown venue — which is home to NBA teams the Lakers, Kings and Clippers, as well as the WNBA’s Sparks — will be named for the Singapore cryptocurrency exchange as part of a $ 700 million deal.
Bryant, whose late husband enjoyed huge success as a Lakers legend, took to her Instagram Story shortly after the revelation to share her own reaction.
Posting a photo of the impressive site with a picture of her husband emblazoned on the front of the building, she wrote: “Forever known as” The House Kobe Built. “
The Commodities Center has often been affectionately referred to in such terms, especially following the death of a celebrity’s NBA hall. The athlete and his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, were among a group of nine people who were killed when the helicopter in which they were flying crashed near Calabasas, California, in January 2020.
Kris Marszalek, the chief executive of Crypto.com, told the Los Angeles Times “the next decade belongs to a crypt” and that the renaming puts LA and the site “right in the center of it.”
“In the next few years, people will look back at this moment as the moment when a crypto crossed the abyss into the mainstream,” he added.
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