Kobe Bryant: First athlete to earn his spot on Hollywood's walk of fame

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Before stepping on the court for NBA All-Stars Weekend, Kobe Bryant stepped into cement on Saturday (Feb. 19) as the first athlete to be immortalized outside Grauman's Chinese Theatre.

Due to rain, the ceremony was moved indoors but before enshrining his hands and feet into the cement, Bryant took the podium for a few words.

"I feel like I've grown up in this city, and we've had a lot of ups and downs, but here we are -- five championships, plenty more to go, and I just feel extremely honored to be able to do this," he says.

Continuing, "I love being in L.A., I love the Lakers and more championships to come!"

The B.Baller is no doubt one of Los Angeles' most prized athletes, but has no plans to move his career to the big screen, though he previously appeared in the short film "The Black Mamba." We guess he's no LeBron (not that we're complaining).

Bryant may be the first athlete to be immortalized in Hollywood, but should he be the last? What about opening it up to athletes from other cities?

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