KB In Bronze?
Kobe Bryant, whose rights Jerry West acquired as a 17-year old out of high school through a 1995 Draft Day trade, felt the honor was deserved and overdue. "It's about time," nodded Bryant. "His contributions to this organization are phenomenal. If you have to try to decide on which statue you want to put up there, him as a player or as an exec, that goes to show what he's done for this organization." The statue will be the fifth to be erected at Staples Center and the third that is Lakers-related, following Wayne Gretzky, Magic Johnson, Oscar De La Hoya and broadcaster Chick Hearn. Story »