A statute of limitations for Staples Center statues?

first_img• So who’s got next?Sir Kobe Bryant, of course. Even before they get around to Elgin Baylor and/or Wilt Chamberlain. Giant Mamba might be best to go up on the Staples Center roof, depicting him as he exits from a helicopter.Not having Ms. Lisa Leslie or Ms. Candace Parker there already is a huge miss.There’s Chick, so what about Bob Miller? And who was the guy who used to call games for the Avengers?Anyone from the Clippers qualify? Blake Griffin could be dunking over a Kia, while Chris Paul could be in his State Farm attire assessing the damage.If Robitaille is there, who’s to say James Worthy isn’t worthy?Phil Anschutz built the place. Why not get him out there? Anyone know what he really looks like?A bust of Jeanie Buss is a natural. She could bust out that pose from Playboy that she still uses as a Twitter avatar, with the two basketballs serving as more than just props. It would create a place for all sorts of suggestive selfies, even as another statue of Phil Jackson is close by, posed as Rodin’s The Thinker.There’s something to think about.• All the overanalysis about when and how and why a well-compensated athlete deserves a well-timed break during the regular season … can we just give this thing a rest?It’s creating way too much work. And it’s hardly a new thing.In 1990, NBA commissioner David Stern slapped the Lakers with a $25,000 fine after coach Pat Riley sat Magic Johnson, James Worthy, Byron Scott and Mychal Thompson in the final regular-season game at Portland. The resulting 130-88 loss had no effect on the standings.Imagine now if that was a mid-March game on national TV, and a guy with a microphone (who used to be an NBA coach) was proclaiming that action to be a “prosecutable offense.”Riley claimed he had “an obligation to our management,” and “I didn’t do it out of disregard for the league. I did it for the well-being of our players.”Just like something Gregg Popovich or Tyronn Lue or even Doc Rivers might say. Even Luke Walton, when it comes to Nick Young?Current NBA boss Adam Silver hasn’t gone that far with the automatic fines but has implied that “significant penalties” could happen if a team doesn’t follow the protocol of giving the league office, the opponent and the media an appropriate heads-up if someone isn’t playing based solely on rest.And the rest isn’t history.• Is it too late to reorganize your bracket and have Gonzaga go all the way to the championship? As well as having Steve Alford go all the way back to Indiana and get the Hoosiers rebooted for the 2018 tournament?• What if the players involved in the NCAA men’s tournament staged a strike during the Final Four, kind of like what the U.S. women’s hockey team rallied to do prior to their upcoming tournament, based on the inequality of a system that celebrates exploitation and profiteering? Think that’s something LaVar Ball and his marketing company could get behind if UCLA was to get that deep into the process? AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersThis latest erection of a 1,500-pound Shaq The Redeeming Dunker, meticulously hand-crafted and now hoisted and bolted down above the main entrance, is demiurgic and disconcerting.First, if by this point in the game you do not have a replica of yourself in Star Plaza, were you really a star?And second, what kind of insurance premiums did AEG pay as potential compensation for pedestrians who might be taken out if this Shaq thing becomes unhinged during the next L.A. earthquake?• L.A.’s modest little Monument Park is beginning to look like a Jerry Buss decadent yard sale. It’s our mashup of Easter Island, Madame Tussauds’ Sports Mannequin Challenge and Ripley’s Believe What You Want as far as a tourist attraction goes.And where it goes from here, time and space apparently aren’t an issue. It’s a never-ending process to squeeze another chiseled beauty in and around Magic Johnson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Jerry West, Chick Hearn, Wayne Gretzky, Luc Robitaille, Oscar De La Hoya — did we miss anyone important? And who, really, is that important? Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img Once upon a time in Hollywood, a handprint-footprint double-double outside Grauman’s Theatre is what cemented your legacy. A star on the Walk of Fame was another famous footnote, that you could forever walk on sunshine.But since Staples Center became a staple of our existence at the dawn of this new century, and our athletes have branded immortality and imperiousness to new levels, we’ve been somehow ushered into this Fawning Bronze Age. Commissioning a supersized likeness of a Southern California sports star and literally putting it on a pedestal, daring the local bird population to christen it in its own special way …It’s classic false-god idolatry stuff, Hollywood style.You want a jersey retired? Take a number.last_img

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