LOS ANGELES, CA – August 21, 2015 – Los Angeles Lakers guard and 5-time NBA Champion Kobe Bryant surprised Pop star Taylor Swift on-stage during her opening night appearance to congratulate her on the unprecedented achievement of having 16 sold out-shows at the popular arena.
Bryant told the cheering crowd that a “Championship Banner” to commemorate her record would forever hang from the STAPLES Center rafters alongside those representing the LA Kings and Los Angeles Lakers championships. Bryant also shared with Swift the fact that her 16 sold out shows equals the 16 NBA Championships that the Lakers have won.
“When the most important records are set here at STAPLES Center, we at the Lakers and the LA Kings have a tradition, we raise a banner,” said Kobe Bryant. “On behalf of STAPLES Center, AEG and all of your fans in Los Angeles it is out honor to unveil for the first time, your own championship banner that will be permanently hung here as a tribute to you and your unbelievable record.”