ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Lakers G Kobe Bryant has been using the “Black Mamba” nickname for a few years now. So long, in fact, that this season he broke out a new one — “Vino,” reference to how he’s aging. But at this point, Kobe’s the Mamba to many of us, including Nike, who keep putting Mamba references into Kobe’s signature shoes.
Kobe’s been on a big tour of China for Nike the last few days, meeting fans and making appearances. Some fans have found themselves completely overwhelmed to meet Kobe, as people are crowding streets and climbing light posts just to get a peek at Kobe.
At a recent stop in Xi’an, Kobe was not only met by a raucous crowd, as you can see in the video below, but check out the handshake he debuts at the 53-second mark that ends with “Mamba” motion. Think we’ll see the Lake Show break this out this season?