ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Ever wonder what happens down on the end of the bench, where the players are basically sit close enough to talk to the fans? Apparently, sometimes they actually talk to the fans, or at least Kobe Bryant did last night in Denver. During the fourth quarter of last night’s Lakers/Nuggets game, Kobe apparently got into a conversation with a couple of nearby fans. And then, as the Denver Post reports, something of a contest broke out. The prize? The shoes off of Kobe’s feet…
Bryant’s fun didn’t end when he exited the game. He had his own contest with four fans sitting behind the Lakers’ bench, a pair of boys and a pair of young ladies. It ended with the two boys receiving his autographed sneakers once the game ended. It wasn’t just a gift, either.
“No, they earned them,” Bryant said. “They wanted to know what the name of my pet dog was so I gave them a clue. I said ‘it’s in a (Harry) Potter film.’ So every time, they threw out like 15 names. The deal was if they got it, I’d give them my shoes. And they got it.”
Bryant revealed the name of his dog is Crucio, the name of one of three unforgivable curses that inflicts excruciating pain upon the receiver.