The world famous Grauman’s Chinese Theater made an announcement on Thursday that they would be giving an honor on Saturday. The honor has always been given to Hollywood’s greatest movie legends but this time was different. For the first time ever, the honor was given to an athlete.
The honor was given to the five time NBA Champion and two time MVP, L.A. Laker, Kobe Bryant. Bryant has made a huge impression on the basketball court and now he has made his cement impression on Hollywood Boulevard.
The ceremony was held on Saturday, February 19, 2011, outside of the theater in the famous courtyard. The Hollywood street was blocked off for part of the day as hosts George Lopez and Jimmy Kimmel helped to celebrate the occasion. George Lopez is a huge Laker fan and attends most all of their games througout the season.
The ritual of imprinting his feet, hands and signature in the wet cement was done in front of Hollywood’s famous courtyard. For decades, the theater has honored more than 200 of Hollywoods most famous legendary actors, producers, creators, directors, etc. Kobe Bryant, 33, now has his name alongside of those such as John Wayne, Bette Davis, and Frank Sinatra.
Bryant was first noticed while he was still in high school and upon graduation he decided to enter the NBA Draft in 1996 where he was 13th overall pick by the Hornets and was then traded to the Lakers. In 1997, Bryant became a favorite after winning the Slam Dunk contest.
It wasn’t until 2000 when young Bryant earned his first NBA Championship title and then repeated this again in 2001 and 2002. After a few years the Lakers fell back in the pack slightly but they came back with a vengeance winning back to back titiles again in 2009 and 2010.