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Staples Center changes name to Arena

Staples Center Changes Name to Arena

The iconic name that is Staples Center is no more – the famous home of the Los Angeles Lakers and Los Angeles Clippers and countless events will be officially known as Arena beginning on Christmas Day.

Justin and Solomon talked about the name change and much more on the latest episode of the Full Court Sound Off.

Staples Center Changes Name to Arena

Staples Center is synonymous with NBA basketball and the sports as a whole. The Lakers won five championships while playing at Staples Center (six if you include the 2020 bubble title, but the Lakers didn’t play any of those playoff games in LA), and the Clippers have also played games there. But those are now memories and not something that can be repeated with the name changing later this month.

It’s sad whenever an iconic name changes, but Justin does think it’s funny for people to cry out for the loss of what was ultimately a sponsorship name. Granted, it was a good sponsorship name with a great ring to it, but still a sponsored name. The true travesty is when an organically-named stadium or arena with rich history sells out for something corporate and corny. But if you want corporate and corny, Arena is certainly that.

If it isn’t exclusively known as The Cryp, then we will have to have a very stern conversation with the city of Los Angeles.


Maryland and Mark Turgeon recently parted ways after more than a decade, and as an alum, Justin has some feelings. Solomon isn’t too impressed, but that’s okay because HE’S IGNORANT AND JUST DOESN’T UNDERSTAND.

Either way, Turgatory is over, and now the Terps enter the unknown while trying to fill a top-25 job in the country (yeah, Solomon, it’s a top-25 job, accept it) with an almost-full season still left with Winston Salem favorite Danny Manning acting as interim. It’s a weird time to be a Maryland fan.

NBA Catch Up

It’s been a minute since our last podcast, so we caught up on what’s happened in the NBA so far – why have the Sixers been inconsistent, why do the Suns have one of the league’s best records, what’s behind the Bulls’ surprise start, and more.

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