The pose for Abdul-Jabbar's statue, the sixth to be erected outside Staples Center and the fourth that is Lakers-related (joining Magic Johnson, Chick Hearn and Jerry West), was a no-brainer. What else could immortalize him than the vision of him raising up to shoot his signature skyhook?
The next Laker in line to receive a statue is up for debate. Will it be Elgin Baylor, who had a Hall of Fame career but finished playing in 1972, seven years before current owner Dr. Jerry Buss bought the team? Will it be Shaquille O'Neal, who is set to have his number retired this season after things got a little frosty between him and the franchise toward the end of his time in L.A.? Neither Baylor nor O'Neal seem as much of a lock to be honored with a memorial as Kobe Bryant does.
While Bryant's statue might seem preordained, the pose in which Bryant will be displayed in certainly isn't an obvious choice. I posed the question on Twitter during Abdul-Jabbar's ceremony and here are the most popular responses of what Bryant's statue should look like (along with a few of my suggestions):