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Lakers Say They Are Correcting Spelling Errors On Kobe Bryant Statue



The Los Angeles Lakers say they are addressing numerous spelling errors on the recently unveiled statue of Kobe Bryant outside Arena.
On Sunday, German sports journalist André Voigt pointed out the errors on the base of the 19-foot, 4,000-pound statue in a post on X, formerly Twitter.
Toronto guard José Calderón’s name was misspelled as “Jose Calderson, and former Laker Von Wafer’s name was printed as “Vom Wafer. The misspelled names appeared as part of a replica box score engraved on one side of the base in honor of Bryant’s 81-point game against the Toronto Raptors.
Another error appeared next to the name of Raptors’ player Aaron Williams, who did not play in the game. Next to the acronym DNP signifying he did not play, was a misspelling of ‘decision’, appearing as DNP – Coach’s Decicion.
On another side of the statue, listing Bryant’s career accomplishments, there was a formatting error.
We have been aware of this for a few weeks and are already working to get it corrected soon, a Lakers spokesperson said in a statement to multiple news outlets.
The statue, unveiled on Feb. 8, is the first of three planned in honor of Bryant, who died in a helicopter crash in 2020. The other statues’ locations and reveal dates are still to be announced. One is expected to show Bryant wearing his No. 24 jersey, while the other will show Bryant next to his daughter Gianna, who died with him in the crash.
TMX contributed to this article.