It looks like Paul George isn’t a fan of the new name for Staples Center. Earlier this week, an announcement came down that the building known as the Staples Center will go by a new moniker starting on Christmas. As part of an agreed-upon $700M naming rights deal, the historic sports monument will soon go by Crypto.com arena. News of this sudden change came down during the LA Clippers game against the visiting San Antonio Spurs Tuesday night. Paul George gave his thoughts on the matter after the game.
“It’ll be weird. I grew up this being Staples and Staples being the place to play. It’s kind of like stripping the history here by calling it something else… Good thing we won’t be here too long.”Paul George
George’s endpoint refers to the Clippers’ upcoming move out of the Staples Center in 2024. The organization has already begun building up its new home in Inglewood, the Intuit Dome. When they arrive, the franchise aims to set itself apart from its in-city counterpart entirely. Looking at it all in a broader scope, it appears that we’ve delved deeply into a period of transition in the history of Los Angeles basketball.
Remembering the “Staples Center”
It might be odd to strongly synonymize a team’s history to the name of its home building, but not so much in LA. Established in 1999, the Staples Center has become a fixture in the City of Angels over its tenure. It has hosted five NBA champions, three WNBA champions, and two Stanley Cup champions.
Each of the Lakers, Sparks, Kings, and Clippers enjoyed arguably the greatest stints in each franchise’s history, all while playing at Staples. Though the building itself won’t change, the name does hold some relevance in the history accomplished inside of it. It all plays into the sentimental ties we construct in the world of sports.