Posts Tagged ‘Kobe Bryant’

Kobe Bryant’s World Cup picks

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — We saw earlier through social media how Kobe Bryant has been enjoying his time in Brazil for the World Cup. And now a video has emerged of Kobe sitting down with Brazilian native Anderson Varejao and discussing the World Cup. Kobe freely admits his loyalties are divided, but seems to have a pretty solid idea of the teams he expects to see make the World Cup final…


VIDEO: Kobe in Brazil

Kobe drives car to help kid (in a peanut costume) escape an elephant

By Jeff Case

Most news surrounding the Los Angeles Lakers right now has to deal with who will be their next coach. Will it be Byron Scott? Mike Dunleavy? Lionel Hollins? Alvin Gentry? Who knows.

What Lakers fans wait on that bit of news, their star of stars, Kobe Bryant, has a new commercial for them to enjoy. In it — and it’s an odd one — a kid in a peanut costume is “chased” (we use that term loosely) by an elephant. The kid ducks into a nearby Smart Car (driven by Bryant) and a wild/funny little chase ensues. Check it out below …

(h/t ProBasketballTalk.com & the L.A. Daily News)

Fan gets lifelike Kobe tattoo

By Lang Whitaker, NBA.com

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — We’ve seen fans honor their favorite players with haircuts, even with the occasional body ink. But this Kobe Bryant tattoo received by a Lakers fan may be the most detailed and realistic yet. Below is a video and a few pics from a tattoo artist who goes by QTattoo Lee…

(via B/R)

Kobe Bryant is a magician

By Lang Whitaker, NBA.com

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — With the Lakers out of the playoffs and on the hunt for a new coach, Kobe Bryant has time to indulge some of his other passions. Like soccer.

In this new Vine from Nike Football, we see Kobe extend some of his hardwood magic onto the soccer pitch, as he makes a basketball become a soccer ball, and then that soccer ball transform into a Nike cleat.

(via TNLP)

New Kobe ad shows his soccer skills

By Lang Whitaker, NBA.com

ALL BALL NERVE CENTERKobe Bryant has talked frequently about his love for soccer, which began when he was a kid growing up in Italy. His favorite team back then was A.C. Milan, but these days he supports FC Barcelona with his buddy Messi. And with the World Cup just weeks away, a new ad from Panini celebrates soccer as Kobe’s first love. Nice form, Kobe…


VIDEO: Kobe for Panini

Kobe Launches Kobe, Inc.

By Lang Whitaker, NBA.com

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — What do you do when an injury keeps you from playing basketball? If you’re Kobe Bryant, you turn your full attention off the court and get a head start on a post-playing career in business.

As Kobe told ESPN over the weekend, he recently founded “Kobe, Inc.”

“I have always had ideas and always had a vision of where I wanted to go going back to 2000, but they are just ideas,” Bryant said. “Now, once the Achilles injury took place, I’m sitting at home for months not moving, a couple things set in. One is that there is only so many Modern Family episodes a person can watch. And then two, what do I do now?”

Bryant said he then put pen to paper and began executing his vision, which included a mission statement.

“We want to own and help grow brands and ideas that challenge and redefine the sports industry while inspiring,” Bryant said. “If it doesn’t have the limbs of the sports industry, which I understand extremely well, then I probably won’t touch it.”

Going forward, Kobe said, instead of endorsing products he wants to take ownership and use his name and experience to help run the businesses and make them successful.

His first endeavor? A sports drink called Body Armor. Kobe took to his millions of social media followers this weekend to help spread the word, writing, “I believe in innovation that will help athletes train and perform at their best. Finally we have a product that is THE UPGRADE athletes have been silently demanding for years! @drinkbodyarmor #entrepreneur #TasteRevolution #UpgradeYourSportsDrink”

Kobe’s scouting report on President Obama

By Lang Whitaker, NBA.com

Los Angeles Lakers Championship Education & Service Project

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The Los Angeles Lakers have had a nightmare of a season, with injuries eliminating most of their core and forcing the team to plan ahead to next season. Which might explain why in their just released team photo, Kobe doesn’t look like the happiest fellow, although Kobe meeting with the Wish kids seems to brighten his day.

But yesterday while on The Dan Patrick Show, Kobe was asked about playing pick-up ball with President Barack Obama. To whom would Kobe compare the President? How about Tiny Archibald?

To hear Kobe on this and more, check out the entire interview below…


VIDEO: Kobe On Dan Patrick Show

Chris Paul follows up Clippers win with extra practice

By Lang Whitaker, NBA.com


VIDEO: CP3 Does Extra Work

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Last night the Los Angeles Clippers hosted the Golden State Warriors in a game between two of the better teams out West. The Clippers led throughout and finished with a 111-98 win, but that apparently wasn’t good enough for all of the Clippers. Following the game, Chris Paul went back out to the court to put in more work. Paul, who finished 5-15 from the floor (and 1-3 on threes) apparently wasn’t satisfied with the win. Perhaps you’ll recall Kobe Bryant once did the same thing after a Lakers loss game in Miami. In the video above, Paul explains that he feels like the Clips have a special team this season and he has to do his part.

Throwback Thursday: 60-Plus Point Games


VIDEO: LeBron lights up Bobcats for 61 points

Welcome to Throwback Thursday here on the All Ball Blog. Each week, we’ll delve into the NBA’s photo archives and uncover a topic and some great images from way back when. Hit us up here if you have suggestions for a future TBT on All Ball. Suggestions are always welcome!

Today’s TBT topic: Players to score 60+ points in a game

LeBron James became the 22nd player to score 60 or more points in a game earlier this week when he erupted for 61 points against the Charlotte Bobcats.

However, James’ high-scoring affair wasn’t the first time someone went for 60-plus points in March, as Wilt Chamberlain, Michael Jordan, Shaquille O’Neal, Kobe Bryant, Larry Bird, Rick Barry, Tom Chambers and Tracy McGrady all accomplished the feat in the past, too.

This week’s Throwback Thursday honors these players, as well as 11 others, who have scored more than 60 points in a game.

(NOTE: Click the “caption” icon below the photo for details about each moment.)


Gallery: Throwback Thursday: 60+ Scorers

Which of these performances was the most impressive? Leave your comments below!

What If Kobe Made Everything? (Update)

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Earlier this week we examined a “Kobe Piano,” or at least what was purported to be a Kobe Bryant piano. It was a piano in the shape of Kobe’s Nike logo, although upon closer inspection, it may not have actually been physically possible to make.

Perhaps in response to the closer examination of the piano, Kobe took to Instagram to show several other everyday products as they might look if Kobe was the creator. As Kobe said in his caption, “The Kobe Piano, The Kobe Pen, Kobe Kobe Beef, The Kobe Light Bulb #madebykobe”

UPDATE: As for the piano? Turns out it’s for the latest commercial from Foot Locker…


VIDEO: Kobe Piano