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L.A. Lakers meet the Stanley Cup

Monday, 10.22.2012 / 10:13 AM

By NHL.com Staff -  / Summer with Stanley blog

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L.A. Lakers meet the Stanley Cup

The Stanley Cup was back at the Staples Center on Sunday -- this time for a visit with one of the champion Los Angeles Kings' co-tenants. A number of the NBA's Los Angeles Lakers got up close and personal with the Cup following their preseason loss to Sacramento.

Star center Dwight Howard took pictures with the Cup after making his debut with the Lakers. Kobe Bryant merely glanced at it -- but he was familiar with the Cup after being seen at a few of the Kings' playoff games last spring.

Forward Metta World Peace was intrigued by the Cup and even did what he hoped was a first: eating almonds from it.

Perhaps the most excited was reserve center Robert Sacre -- though he was born in Louisiana, his family moved to Vancouver when he was a child and he became a huge hockey fan. The Lakers' most famous Canadian, star guard Steve Nash, didn't come by; however, he's already posed with the Cup.

The visit to the Lakers capped a weekend in the L.A. area for the Cup -- it was also present at Saturday's Colorado-Southern California football game at Memorial Coliseum.

Quote of the Day

You know what? We've played in some pretty special buildings along this playoff run so far. You start in Detroit, you go to Montreal, you come here … I think it's the first team to beat three Original Six teams to get to the Final if I'm not mistaken. That says how tough the road has been. Those are tough places to win.

— Lightning forward Steven Stamkos after Game 7 win vs. Rangers on Friday in New York