Backstory and Context
The Los Angeles Lakers are regarded as the most historic of the four professional sports franchises currently home to the Staples Center. The Staples Center has housed 5 NBA titles from the Lakers, and many historic moments. One such moment was Kobe Bryant's 81 point game against the Toronto Raptors which is second only to Wilt Chamberlain's 100 point game for highest scoring game by an individual in NBA history. The Staples Center hosted many great Lakers in the likes of Shaquille O'Neal, Kobe Bryant, Derrek Fisher, Rick Fox, Devan George, Robert Horry and NBA greats who finished their careers in LA such as Karl Malone and Steve Nash. So while the Lakers may not always be in future championship games, the have still been one of the NBA's most historic teams and they call the Staples Center home.
The LA Sparks and LA Kings have also had a history of winning. The LA Sparks have won 2 WNBA championships and have been a resident of the Staples ever since it opened. The LA Kings have won 2 Stanley Cups while playing in the Staples center. The only team of the four LA teams to not win a championship in the Staples Center is the LA Clippers.
Other events of historic value that have occurred in the Staples Center reach from politics to pop culture. In the 2000 presidential races the Staples Center hosted the Democratic National Convention. The conclusion of the convention was that Al Gore received the Democratic nomination for that year's election. As far as music and pop culture, Michael Jackson's memorial service was held at the Staples Center.