So Russell Westbrook, you attended Lawndale Leutzinger High School and the University of California Los Angeles and grew up as a Lakers fanatic who saw the duo of Shaquille O’Neill and Kobe Bryant do so much damage at the Staples Center.
So, what do you think about the name change from Staples Center to Crypto.com Arena?
“The Crip … What did you say, Crip Arena?”
Westbrook laughed at his joke.
Like many on social media – and like many longtime Lakers and NBA fans in general – Westbrook was amused when, after Wednesday night’s game against the Milwaukee Bucks, he was asked what he thought about Staples Center becoming Crypto. com Arena.
“I didn’t know what you said. Mine is bad, ”Westbrook joked, still laughing. “I thought you said Crip Arena.”
Earlier this season, Westbrook danced with a crypto walk during the game and mentioned it several times during interviews. The creep walk began as a group dance, but has since been adopted by hip-hop culture as a celebration of Compton roots. The dance was featured in the movie “You’ve Been Served,” and Serena Williams is one of the many athletes who performed the dance to celebrate the important moments.
And now a variation of it could be added to the long list of nicknames for the building that O’Neill and Bryant made famous during their three-turf championship with the Lakers, the building where “Big Shot Rob” Horrie drilled one of his iconic victories. playoff three-point shots against the Sacramento Kings in 2002, the building where Bryant dropped an incredible 81 points at the Toronto Raptors in 2006. The venue will be known as the Crypto.com Arena starting December 25th.
“Yes, you know, to be honest, the business side of basketball and how deals are made is obviously, as players, we don’t know exactly what is happening and how it is happening,” Westbrook said. “We kind of just see it, like everyone else, and we saw it today without knowing the details. But this is Staples Center. The Staples Center has so many great memories, only of me when I was a kid, growing up in Los Angeles. Many great events have taken place in this building. Regardless of its name, a building remains a building, and that’s the most important thing, and that’s all you can think of. “
The Lakers began playing at the Staples Center in 1999, winning six of their 18 NBA championships while playing in the building. Two of those titles – against Indiana in 2000 and Boston in 2010 – were won on this court.
The last Lakers championship was won in 2020, but it took place in the ESPN Wide World of Sports bubble near Orlando, Florida, but this group knows about all the magic that has been created inside the Staples Center.
“Yes, it’s difficult, you know what I mean? Lakers fans and true sports fans in general obviously know this building as the Staples Center, said Lakers coach Frank Vogel. “I understand the disappointment of the fans. But that’s how the world works. This is the business we are doing. There is a business element in naming rights for arenas almost everywhere in the country. It’s really out of our control. “