Sacramento Bee: Bacon cheeseburger and cheesecake anyone? Lakers All-Star guard Kobe Bryant became ill during the 2002 Western Conference finals against the Kings after ordering those items in Sacramento.
But after the reception he received Tuesday night at Arco Arena, Bryant has no reservations about eating in Sacramento.
“I can order cheesecake and all that,” Bryant said. “Nobody’s gonna mess with me now. They’re all Laker fans anyway.”
As the game became a rout in the second half, many of the Lakers fans in attendance stayed until the final buzzer. That was unheard of earlier this decade when Lakers coach Phil Jackson ribbed Sacramento repeatedly.
But the Kings also were among the NBA’s best teams then, too.
So instead of being jeered during introductions and booed throughout the night, Bryant feels rather comfortable in Arco.
“There’s nothing but Laker fans here now,” Bryant said. “It was basically a home game for us, it really was. Things have changed quite a bit.”