Posts Tagged ‘Kobe Bryant’

adidas, Nike introduce Christmas Day shoes

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Over the last few weeks we’ve seen the unveiling of special Christmas Day uniforms and Christmas Day socks, and now, to complete the look, Nike and adidas have introduced their special looks for the big day of NBA games.

And here’s a close-up look at the Kobe X, featuring five golden rings on the back, as well as the Kyrie 2 Christmas edition, which has “zig-zag embossed graphic [that] mimics teeth while the shoe’s white and blue color scheme finish off this nod to the abominable snowman.”



Lakers fan gets Kobe Bryant tribute cut into his hair

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — We’ve seen a few NBA fans show their devotion to different players by getting portraits of those players shaved into their hair. The latest fan to plop down in the barber chair? A Lakers fan named Marcus McQueen who was at their game last night in Minnesota, who sat for over three hours to get this picture of Kobe Bryant on his dome…

(via B/R)

Fans in China create snow picture of Kobe Bryant

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — I grew up in Atlanta, way down South, and every winter it might get a little chilly, but it rarely snowed, and as a kid that was so disappointing — all we wanted was to go outside and play in the snow, to make snowmen, to have snowball fights. But at most we would have to make do with maybe less than an inch of snow, which would last for maybe a day. Now, though, I live in New York City, and it snows a ton every year, and while it’s always still beautiful to see the snow falling, now it’s more annoying than anything. I’m not gonna play in the snow, I’m just going to end up shoveling it and sweeping it, and cleaning off clothes and tires.

Which is why what these people in China did is so cool. They got a load of snow, but instead of sweeping it away, they strategically moved it around and built a tribute to the retiring Kobe Bryant. Pretty incredible stuff…


ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Like we always do at this time, let’s take a look at the best instances of people getting #POSTERIZED over the last week and, at the bottom of the post, you can place your vote for a winner. And don’t forget, if you see someone get posterized, tweet it with the hashtag #POSTERIZED so we don’t miss it!

Last week the POSTERIZED POLL went on a bit of a forced hiatus, as I had to spend POSTERIZED TUESDAY going back and forth to Philadelphia for Kobe Bryant‘s final appearance in his hometown. Which means we have more dunks than usual to sort through, which is a good thing.

And in honor of Kobe’s retirement announcement, let’s take a throwback look at the time Kobe #POSTERIZED the great Yao Ming

VIDEO: Kobe on Yao

Finally, before we get to all the latest dunks, congratulations to last week’s winner, DeMar DeRozan!

Now, let’s go to the posters!


VIDEO: Howard on Porzingis

Jonas Valanciunas got his cast signed by Kobe

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The Kobe Bryant “Don’t Call This A Farewell Tour” Tour stopped in Toronto last night. And while Kobe has asked opposing teams to please not make sure a big deal out of his final games in each city, it’s understandably tough to just pretend like it’s just another game. So the Raptors played it normal during pregame introductions, but later on, via DeMar DeRozan, they gave Kobe a gift of a customized hat and sneakers…

But the coolest gift may have come from Kobe himself. Raptors center Jonas Valanciunas is out with a broken hand, and as such missed his chance to play against Bryant in his final NBA game up north. But, as Valanciunas tweeted, he did manage to get Kobe to commemorate the occasion…

Kobe Bryant went to Waffle House

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — I have to make something of a confession: I love Waffle House. Admittedly, this isn’t much of a bombshell — I’ve been pretty vocal and public about my love for all things Waffle House in the past. I’ve lived in New York City for 15 years now, but I spent the first two decades of my life in Atlanta, the home of Waffle House, and eating at Waffle House is one of the things I miss the most about living down South.

The reason I bring all this up is because over the weekend, the Kobe Bryant farewell tour made a stop in Atlanta to take on the Hawks. And after the game, apparently Kobe and his wife wanted to sample the finest delicacies Atlanta had to offer. So they went where else? Waffle House.

Kobe Bryant reunites with high school point guard

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Even though Kobe Bryant is something of a citizen of the world, he was born in Philadelphia and played high school hoops there, which made Tuesday night’s game against the Sixers a homecoming of sorts. I was in Philly for the game, and saw hundreds of people wearing Lakers jerseys, as well as a bunch of people wearing Lower Merion High School gear, a shoutout to Kobe’s prep days.

As it turns out, one of the media members in attendance was Evan Monsky, who was the point guard on Kobe’s high school team two decades ago. He hasn’t connected with Kobe since, but in this video for The 700 Level, Monsky managed to catch up with Kobe, and it looks like it was everything he hoped it would be…


Atlanta Hawks name a mamba after Kobe Bryant


ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — With Kobe Bryant‘s impending retirement now official, opponents now have the opportunity to put together retirement gifts for Kobe, who years ago nicknamed himself the Black Mamba.

The Lakers next game is Friday night in Atlanta (8:00 p.m. EST, League Pass), and today the Hawks announced that they’ve got a gift in the works for Kobe that sounds like something Kobe will love, even if he can’t take it home with him: The Hawks have teamed up with Zoo Atlanta to name an actual black mamba after Kobe.

From a release from the Hawks…

To pay tribute to Bryant’s memorable career, the Hawks and Zoo Atlanta have announced that the Zoo will name its black mamba snake Kobe. In addition, the Hawks will make a donation to Zoo Atlanta to further honor Bryant.

“Kobe Bryant’s career accomplishments speak for themselves,” said Hawks and Philips Arena CEO Steve Koonin. “He has set a standard with his incredible work ethic, tremendous will and competitive spirit. We’re happy to be partnering with Zoo Atlanta to recognize the impact Kobe has made on the NBA and its popularity worldwide.”

Metta World Peace had Kobe autograph his retirement poem

ALL BALL NERVE CENTERKobe Bryant announced that he would be retiring at the end of the season by writing a poem, which was posted on the Player’s Tribune website. Fans in attendance at last night’s Lakers game also got copies of the poem, printed on special stationary and placed inside a black envelope. And as Lakers forward Metta World Peace showed last night, he had Kobe autograph a copy of the poem…

The NBA reacts to Kobe Bryant’s retirement plans

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — After hinting about it and talking about it, but always leaving the door open for a return, earlier today Lakers guard Kobe Bryant made it official: He will retire from the NBA at the end of the 2015-16 season.

In response to his announcement, current and former players, as well as NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, took to social media to share their feelings on Kobe’s announcement…