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Kobe Bryant appears in new Vitaminwater ad

June 9, 2010 | 12:06 pm

Lakers guard Kobe Bryant may have given closeout duties to Derek Fisher in the team's 91-84 victory Tuesday over the Boston Celtics in Game 3 of the NBA Finals, but in no way does that diminish his ability to make clutch shots. Heck, despite battling a broken index finger, back spasms and sprained left ankle, Bryant made seven game-winners. He scored at least 30 points in 10 of the last 14 games. And despite his questionable shot selection in Game 3, Bryant proved largely instrumental in setting screens for Fisher.

That's why it should come as no surprise that in a new Vitaminwater commercial as the "kloser," meaning that the dictionary now features photos of both Bryant and Fisher, whom Lakers forward Lamar Odom said would appear under the word "clutch." Bryant also pokes fun at his disastrous photo shoot with Los Angeles Times Magazine, showing that he's cheered up a tad in the last month since the magazine's release.

-- Mark Medina in Boston

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