Black Mamba Kobe Bryant Top 10 Plays of 2011

Here is NBA TV’s Top 10 Kobe Plays of the 2010-2011 season. What do you think? Is there any other top Kobe plays that should make the list? Enjoy!



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Kobe Interviews at New York City FootLocker

The Black Mamba enters rooms with as much of a rock star-like feel as any athlete today. And there aren’t many places where he receives more admiration from his legions of fans than in New York City. That’s what made this stage at the Foot Locker on W. 34th St. such an appropriate venue on which to discuss the newest version of his mega-popular Nike Kobe VI shoe.

The latest edition, his neon green Kobe VI Supreme, went on sale at midnight February 12. So, Kobe strolled into the store at slightly past 11:30 p.m. following the Lakers-Knicks game. The crowd went nuts, and Bryant smiled sheepishly as he greeted the event’s emcee, Hot 97′s Peter Rosenberg. Many of the folks who had lined up on 34th St. all the way east toward Broadway to catch a peek of Bryant couldn’t get in the store. Nevertheless, the place was already packed.

Rosenberg conducted a 10-minute interview with Bryant, which was followed by Bryant answering a few questions from the grade school and high school kids in attendance. The interview was wide-ranging, covering everything from Kobe’s appreciation of the atmosphere at the Garden to his new shoe to what goals he has for the rest of his career. Here are some highlights:

On what it feels like to play well at the Garden:
“It’s something that you can feel. As a player, when you come in the fans are so excited about it. There is so much history in the arena.”

On what he told Nike he wanted from the Kobe VI:
“I wanted the shoe to become lighter, and I still wanted to feel like I was playing close to the ground. I also wanted it to be softer. I wanted to feel like I was walking on pillows. I didn’t want to lose that speed that we did with the previous shoe.”

On the connection he shares with Kanye West, who appears along with Bruce Willis in his Robert Rodriguez-directed Kobe VI commercial:
“He does the same thing I do in basketball — you just continue to think outside the box. When everybody is zigging, you zag.”

On the significance of next weekend’s NBA All-Star Game in Los Angeles:
“Most of the times through the span of a player’s career, you have one All-Star Game in front of your home crowd — this’ll be my second. I’ve been out in L.A. for 15 years now, and to have an All-Star Game there is good, to be able to put on a show for the home crowd.”

Finally, on his future goals in the NBA, aside from winning NBA titles:
“For me, it’s about leading my guys the right way. That’s the hardest part. That’s the challenge. It’s not scoring…that stuff comes easy.”

“The challenge is learning how to take a collection of guys that all have different personalities and different backgrounds and making sure everybody stays on the same page, everybody stays motivated and stays focused on what the job is. That’s the biggest challenge.”

Bryant’s remark about scoring being easy drew a loud “Ohhhhhh!” from the crowd, to which Bryant retorted, “It does.” Nobody could argue that, especially since Bryant recently passed Hakeem Olajuwan for eighth on the NBA’s all-time scoring list. Given the love and admiration showered upon him at this Foot Locker store Friday night, nobody was going to tell him otherwise.

Sneak Peak at The “Black Mamba” Zoom Kobe VI

Sneak Peak at The "Black Mamba" Zoom Kobe VI

Fast. Highly aggressive. Lethal. These are a few words that can describe one of the most feared snakes on the planet; the “Black Mamba.” In fact, this snake’s bite is so lethal that it can result in a 100% fatality rate in just under 24 minutes after an attack. With such a fear instilled in it’s victims, it’s only fitting that Kobe Bryant’s new shoe, the Zoom Kobe VI, has a direct inspiration from the Black Mamba snake itself.

Kobe Bryant’s alter-ego on the court is well established as the “Black Mamba.” Much like the aggressive snake itself, Kobe has made a career out of striking his own victims in the metaphorical form of flashy dunks, demoralizing plays and buzzer beaters. With the release of the Zoom Kobe VI, Nike and Kobe created a shoe that truly brings out the “Black Mamba” in all of us. Here is what Kobe had to say about the new shoe:

“The Kobe VI is a very character driven shoe with the alter ego of the Black Mamba prominently featured,” said Bryant. “We continue to evolve the technology to make it a performance based shoe, but aesthetically you haven’t seen a shoe pop like this before. It brings to life what drives me.”

The Zoom Kobe VI takes inspiration from it’s previous shoe, the Zoom Kobe V, and improves on it in various ways as detailed in the official Nike press release:

  • The shoe’s upper features unique polyurethane “islands” that emulate a snake’s skin and increase or decrease in size throughout the shoe to protect against abrasion and increase durability exactly where needed.
  • To add a lighthearted spin and play off the reptile’s deadly venom, “Venomenon” is inscribed on the front outsole.
  • It features an innovative dual-layer memory foam sockliner that conforms to the foot for a one-of-a-kind custom fit.
  • A Phylon injected midsole adds cushioning for a more anatomically correct fit, and Nike Zoom units in the heel and forefoot provide additional comfort on court.
  • A reduced midsole thickness to keep the foot closer to the ground for improved stability and better court feel.
  • The basketball shoe also employs Nike’s innovative Flywire technology in a new, three-layer construction allowing for lighter, more breathable and more conformable relationship to the foot than previous Flywire designs in the Kobe series.
  • To ensure excellent traction, the Nike Zoom Kobe VI has a solid rubber outsole with a Black Mamba inspired modified herringbone pattern.
  • Certain China editions of the shoe include XDR, or Extra Durable Rubber, for sustained durability against the rough surfaces of outdoor basketball courts.

The Zoom Kobe VI will be released in retail stores and online on December 26th, 2010. In the meantime, check out these screen shots of the Zoom Kobe VI and prepare yourself for the “deadliest” shoe ever.

Sneak Peak at The Black Mamba Zoom Kobe VI

Sneak Peak at The Black Mamba Zoom Kobe VI

Sneak Peak at The Black Mamba Zoom Kobe VI

Sneak Peak at The Black Mamba Zoom Kobe VI

Sneak Peak at The Black Mamba Zoom Kobe VI

Kobe Bryant Explains Perfection From His Own Eyes

The Lakers G explains how he defines the word in basketball and in life.

kobe perfection

By Kobe Bryant
ESPN: The Magazine

“What does perfection look like to me?
Championship rings.

Beyond that, I just try to perform as flawlessly as I can. It sounds weird, but I’ve never felt like there was anything that was hard for me to master. I’ve been playing since I was 2, so dribbling with both hands, shooting, footwork — it’s always felt natural. If I saw a pivot move that Hakeem Olajuwon used, I could go into the gym the next day and incorporate it into my game.

I don’t think I’ve ever been close to perfect in a game. I scored 81 points once, but I blew a few defensive assignments, committed a few bad fouls and missed a couple of rebounds.

My pursuit of perfection now has to do with leadership — keeping us moving in the right direction, with purpose. Guys come back every year with new things they’ve added to their game — or we’ve added new guys to the team — and leadership is managing all that, searching to find the right rhythm of playing for everybody. I really like where we are right now on that front. It’s been seamless working in Steve Blake and Matt Barnes, because we knew how they play from years of playing against them. Everybody is pulling for each other, everybody is making sacrifices.

The perfect way to end my career would be to walk away with another championship. That’s it, right there. Nothing could be better than that.”

-As Told to Ric Bucher

Kobe to Steal Christmas in His Nike Zoom “Grinch”

Kobe Bryant is going Grinch and plans to steal Christmas.

Those shoes burning a hole in your retina to the right are the Grinch edition of the Nike Zoom Kobe VI (via The Basketball Jones), Kobe’s latest signature shoe. Based on the iconic Dr. Seuss character that’s as cuddly as a cactus and as charming as an eel, Kobe is going to put them on for the Christmas Day game against the Miami Heat.

Which seems fitting, as Kobe has all the tender sweetness of a seasick crocodile and he is going to try to steal the holiday fun from the Miami Heat. To rip their hearts out on national television, as his own little gift to Cleveland. Not that stealing the fun from the Heat is all that hard right now.

But at home Christmas afternoon, some poor father who just got a sweet new 42-inch flat screen, is going to spend an inordinate amount of time adjusting the color on the set because Kobe’s shoes are just not going to look right.

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