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Kobe Bryant participates in video to pitch for Staples Center towards Los Angeles’ Olympic Bid for 2024

The city of Los Angeles just received a major boost to its bid to host the Olympic Games in 2024.

Being one of the finalists for the hosting rights, stars have been helping out with advertisement campaigns. Now, perhaps the city’s most admired athlete ever, Kobe Bryant, has joined in made his pitch, by participating in a video discussing the history that has been made inside the Staples Center. The recently retired Los Angeles Lakers great talked about what makes it special to him, comparing the feeling of playing a basketball game inside the arena to performing in Broadway. He also added how the city and its people’s diversity is amazing, unlike any other place in the world.

“There are so many magical things that have taken place here at Staples Center that make it special to me. I remember being here the day we broke ground, watching what this building has become over the years. I think the building itself kind of gives a stage-like feel, as if you’re performing. It’s much, much different than other venues I’ve played in. Other venues feel just like a basketball game. Here it doesn’t feel just like a basketball game, it feels like you’re on Broadway performing.”

“I think it’s important for an athlete to focus on doing the best job they possibly can and focus on what you’re here to do. Playing here is going to be an unbelievable feeling. I mean, aside from Staples Center itself, but just being in the city of Los Angeles. Imagine everything converging into one place. What I love about L.A. is that it can be anything you want it to be. The versatility is amazing. The diversity of the people here is amazing. I just don’t think there’s any better place in the world to be.”

The Black Mamba joins a long list of L.A. stars who have also helped the city’s campaign, including rap artist and producer Dr. Dre, Lakers president Jeanie Buss, L.A. Clippers owner Steve Ballmer, and Los Angeles Dodgers part-owner Stan Kasten among others. The decision of who hosts the biggest sporting event on the planet will be announced at the 130th International Olympic Committee Session in Lima, Peru, on Sept. 13, 2017.

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