Kobe Bryant will wear Grinch Nike shoes on Christmas game against Miami Heat
"You're a vile one, Mr. Grinch! You have termites in your smile. You have all the tender sweetness of a seasick crocodile, Mr. Grinch!"
Something tells me I'm going to hear words to that legendary song from Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas and it isn't just because the holiday season is upon us. It's because Kobe Bryant plans to make his debut wearing the Grinch edition of the Nike Zoom Kobe VI displayed to your left on the Lakers' Christmas Day game against the Miami Heat (first reported by The Basketball Jones' Trey Kerby and displayed at marqueesole.com). It's not exactly the prettiest site to see on your new plasma HD television and the brightness of the Black Mamba's new shoe may make you spend all your Christmas money on seeing an eye doctor. Considering the shoes go on sale Dec. 26, you very may well have to decide spending your money between Kobe's new kicks or getting your vision back.
But Bryant wouldn't have it any other way. On a day that will feature plenty of rhetoric and manufactured story lines regarding the supposed Heat-Lakers rivalry, Bryant is breaking out the shoes at the perfect time. It's also seeming to follow a Lakers pattern in which they're devising ways to throw wrenches in the manufactured hype surrounding the Heat. The obvious part first involves winning and playing like a team. The second part entails Ron Artest announcing the winner of his charity raffle regarding his championship ring. And the third part now includes Bryant's bright green shoes.
Of course, some Lakers fans may take offense to this, given they hate anything remotely resembling the Celtics. But as long as it steers the endless conversation surrounding Miami, I'm sure fans will eventually embrace it.
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Photo: Kobe Bryant will make his debut wearing the Grinch edition of the Nike Zoom Kobe VI on the Lakers' Christmas Day game against the Miami Heat. Credit: marqueesole.com