Staples Center, Los Angeles, CA. Woof Blister reporting for SOS - Spoof on Sports. The Los Angeles Lakers today announced that the seemingly unending tributes to Kobe Bryant will continue unending through this year and into the indeterminate future. All programs will take place at Staples Center, where Bryant played most of his home games.
While no particular lineup of dignitaries was contained in the announcement, expect to see and hear from a lot of stand-up comics who are long between gigs, almost any former NBA player who ever was in a game with or against Kobe, and a flock of politicians as election day approaches. If finding tributaries becomes a problem, later in the year anyone who ever watched Kobe play on TV will get a chance to speak out.
Meanwhile, the death of Hank Rubin at age 110, who played for the Phillips 66ers back in the 1930s, in an era when semi-pro teams were more popular than the NBA, and whose efforts made pro basketball the game that it is, passed unnoticed last month. There were no tributes, and his last name was misspelled in the local paper.