Kobe Bryant Memorial Riddled With Errors

The Los Angeles Lakers have officially made an announcement on the corrections that will be made to the Kobe Bryant “Black Mamba” tribute sculpture outside of Crypto.com Arena in Los Angeles, California.

In a 2006 game against the Toronto Raptors, Bryant scored 81 points, the second-highest point total by an NBA player, and the 19-foot bronze monument honors his feat. In 1962, Wilt Chamberlain had the highest scoring total with 100 points.

The 65-year-old sculptor Julie Rotblatt Amrany collaborated with her spouse Omri Amrany on several renowned sports sculptures, including a Michael Jordan monument in Chicago, Illinois, and was responsible for the statue’s design. Other famous players, such as Shaquille O’Neal and David Beckham, have also had sculptures made by the pair’s artwork.

Carved onto the marble foundation of the tribute to Bryant is the score from his incredible game and several spelling mistakes.

Two athletes’ names were misspelled. Von Wafer was written as “Vom,” and Jose Calderon was written as “Calderson.”  Calderon was a member of the Raptors, and Wafer was a member of the Lakers.

Most significantly, the word “decision” was misspelled, making it read “Decicion.” Oddly, the correct spelling of “decision” is just above the word. The mistake had been made twice on the monument.

Reports show the issue had been known for a few weeks, and the NBA is reportedly already trying to fix it. The Lakers addressed other errors related to Bryant’s achievements in a statement, adding that the franchise will also remedy them.

Disappointment has accompanied the online mockery of the monument.

Since the statue wasn’t put up until February 8, 2024, almost a month passed before The Lakers and the NBA declared that the changes would be implemented.

According to a Lakers fan, if you’re working on a monument of an excellent athlete, you would think someone would want to give it their best effort and avoid making any errors. Another fan wondered if the same mistakes were on the original scorecard that served as a reference.  However, according to a local news station, the original text was found to have accurate spelling and grammar.