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Bryant to have handprint in Hollywood

Posted by Gary Dzen, Boston.com Staff  January 20, 2011 01:54 PM

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Pitt. Monroe. Wayne. Kobe?

Los Angeles Lakers shooting guard Kobe Bryant will become the first athlete to have a hand and footprint ceremony at the Graumanís Chinese Theater in Hollywood, joining a list of 200 stars like Marilyn Monroe, Brad Pitt, and John Wayne on the famous walk. The ceremony will take place on Feb. 19 during the NBA's All-Star Weekend festivities. It will be followed later that evening with a gala event for Bryant, 1,200 VIP guests, and select members of the public.

shaqkazaam.jpg"To be a part of such elite company is a tremendous honor," Bryant said in a statement. "I'm proud to be the first athlete to be recognized."

The five-time NBA champion has played his entire NBA career with the Lakers. Celtics fans may remember Bryant from last June, when he stole the NBA Finals MVP award from a more-deserving Pau Gasol. All kidding aside, how is Bryant more deserving of a handprint than current Celtics and former Lakers center Shaquille O'Neal? Have people not seen "Kazaam"?


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