Letters to Sports: You know Kobe Bryant would have a problem with image imperfection

By | March 16, 2024

LOS ANGELES, CA MARCH 11: Spelling errors have been noticed on the Kobe Bryant statue at the Crypto.com Arena.  The mistakes are Jose Calderon as Jose

Spelling errors have been pointed out on the Kobe Bryant statue in Star Plaza outside the Crypto.com Arena. (Myung J. Chun / Los Angeles Times)

Shameful! How could so many typos go unnoticed by what surely should have been a large number of eyes reviewing Kobe Bryant’s statue? Proofreaders of the world unite! Let’s make a coach’s decision to never use these guys again.

Marty Zweben

Palos Verdes Estates


Kobe Bean Bryant, who demanded perfection and pursued it relentlessly, would be outraged to learn that his new statue at Star Plaza contains several spelling errors. Somewhere above us the Black Mamba is mocking us.

Steve Ross


Traveling man

In the article about the Dodgers’ regular season visit to South Korea, you mentioned that Dave Roberts is “a big cultural guy.” That’s nice to know, but I just wish he didn’t start his travels so close to the end of the regular season.

Mario Valvo



So a dumb question: Why exactly in this age of climate crisis are the Dodgers and San Diego Padres flying to Korea to play their season opener? Finally, I checked if the Dodgers could take the train to San Diego.

Can someone please calculate the excess greenhouse gas emissions they will emit from this stunt?

Sarah Tamor

Santa Monica

Annual reminder

I was touched when I read the article about the Dodgers extending Andrew Toles’ contract so that he could keep his health insurance while he and his family dealt with the care and treatment for his twin diagnosis. No fuss, no announcement, just a quiet renewal and what is clearly a lot of concern from the Dodgers organization for this gentleman who hasn’t played for the team in years.

This is what it means to be a championship team. Go dodgers.

Monique Maas Gibbons

Beverly Hills

Time to go

Good for Aaron Donald! He has nothing left to prove. The Rams refused to give him any meaningful help at the line, giving opponents the freedom to double/triple him on every play. Then we need to hear how his game ‘has fallen away’.

He was robbed of the MVP in the Super Bowl, where he single-handedly stopped the Bengals in the final series. No 99, no bell. Simple as that. So count your blessings when you see him play. Start by making him his gold jacket and room in Canton.

Jeff Heister



Aaron Donald walks away while he can still walk. Meanwhile, LeBron James is limping through his 21st season. How many accolades are enough?

Richard Raffalow

Valley Glen


I just heard a collective sigh of relief throughout the NFL. But it’s a sad day for Rams fans.

Christopher Grisanti


The buck stopped here

As the conference of champions – the Pac-12, the Pac-10, the Pac-8, the Pacific Coast Conference, the AAWU – puts an end to college hoops forever, let us all remember the one man who did it for us destroyed them all.

Commissioner Larry Scott, who tried to play the tough guy with DirecTV and many other satellite and cable systems, blacking out millions of would-be viewers to this day. That’s why the conference threw away millions of dollars, causing USC and UCLA to leave for more money.

As someone who tried to listen to the Stanford and Oregon State games on the radio at night as a kid, I want to give Scott a very special kind of thank you.

Fred Wallin

Westlake village

Trading places

The Bruins cap off a dismal season with an early exit from the Pac-12 Conference tournament. I guess UCLA is a football school after all!

Jack Wolf


Technical error

New definition in Webster’s: Hosed (adjective/slang) treated unfairly. (Synonym) Southern Indiana, the 2023-2024 Ohio Valley Conference women’s basketball champions. If you win your conference tournament by more than 20 points without cheating, you will not be left out of the NCAA Tournament on a technicality.

Shame on the NCAA.

Jonathan Goudstein


Second chance thoughts…

As a proponent of forgiveness and second chances, I think MLB should give Trevor Bauer a second chance, and what team is better than the Angels? They need a starting pitcher and what better owner than Arte Moreno could be unaware of the negativity that could come from that?

And if Bauer comes anywhere close to his previous form, the Angels could even be a contender. There’s nothing like winning to ask for forgiveness, even if you don’t forget.

Jack Wishard

Los Angeles


Maybe Trevor Bauer should try out for the Raiders at QB.

David Marshall

Santa Monica


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