Lakers To Have Float in Rose Parade


On Good Day LA Wednesday morning, Jeanie Buss shared the news that the Lakers would have their own float in the Tournament of Roses Parade.

The Lakers President promoted on the morning television show with new details on the float.

The entry will be titled “Every Second is an Adventure” and will have countless homages to the Lakers championship history.

Via, the float is set to be a celebration of the Lakers organization.

Among the features: A giant Laker logo as the centerpiece, a giant basketball hoop, 16 stars to symbolize the Lakers championships, 10 retired jerseys from past Laker greats, a running stream to represent their Minneapolis origins, a replica NBA championship trophy, fireworks, streamers, and more.

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The Laker Girls will be performing alongside the float as it goes down Colorado Boulevard.  Riding on the float will be Laker legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and former Laker Girl and TV icon Paula Abdul.

The float is designed by Paridiso Parade Floats and is a first for the NBA.  While teams like the USC Trojans and UCLA Bruins have had entries in the past, this is the first time that an NBA team has a float in the parade.

Fittingly, it is the most successful franchise in Los Angeles sports history.

Buss stated that over 20,000 carnations were ordered to ensure that the float would have enough flowers.  She pointed out that the Laker colors were well represented in nature so that there were plenty of options to choose from.

Buss also went on to talk about the biggest news regarding the Lakers, the impending retirement of Kobe Bryant.  The Lakers president spoke in high regard of Kobe, stating that she was pleased with how at peace Bryant was with the decision.

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Most entertainingly, she spoke about the first time she met Kobe in 1996 when he was just 17.  It was brought up that while he was charming to meet, Buss had the executive hope that Bryant would be a good player as well.

Buss also told the story of when she went to dinner with Bryant when he first arrived in Los Angeles.  As they were eating, he asked the waiter if he spoke Spanish and told Buss that he intended to learn the language.

Buss pointed out that he came through on his promise as he answered several questions in Spanish during the press conference when he announced his retirement.

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The Lakers float will be unveiled during the Rose Parade on New Years Day in Pasadena and live on television during the broadcast on KTLA.

The interview with Jeanie Buss can be seen here.