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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 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. 

--Mark Medina

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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:

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Eww those shoes are hideous...

Nike makes me wonder sometimes...

How brilliant is that? Lebron wants all the attention (good or bad), and Kobe's shoes will get it all. Poor Lebron... comes in second... to a pair of shoes.

Why the EFF would Kobe wear GREEN shoes? I know it's Christmas, and I know it's the Grinch. But green? Really Kob?

Ugh. I hope Sasha steals them and lights them on fire or something.

@puddle - I wouldn't put it past Sasha. But I wouldn't past Kobe ensuring that his standing remains non existent with the team. lol

Lot's of people here made a big deal about Las Vegas and their odds of Miami winning it all...This was funny to me, using book makers to solidify your opinions and arguements...

But looky looky...what can you say now that the Lakers are now favored to win it all...

Looks like the hated C's to me, maybe they'll wear them at Staple center.

Nicknames needed for Bumym!!

Fragilistic , The Next Great Greg Oden, and The World Cup Hurt My Knees! - are in the running!

Add yours and vote on your favorites!

Add yours and vote on your favorites!

Posted by: Mr. Hater (opps...Mr. Laker) | November 23, 2010 at 05:31 PM


My nickname for Andrew Bynum...

Center - Los Angeles Lakers...

All you haters...take your nicknames and suck on it...goes good with Wildebeest Burgers...Andrew's favorite from South Africa...

No, no, you guys are confused! Kobe is breaking in those shoes for Bumyn. They are Orthopedic Granny shoes for the "Fragile One."

'Dump His Contract Now'


Ahhh... that Kobe is so clever. He's going to be the "Grinch" that stole a X-Mas Win from Bron-Bron & The "Meat." C'mon people, get "wit it!" Nothing more and certainly nothing iess..

Ummm... they're green.

Isn't there a team out there we hate that has green on its uniform? Let me think. Who could it be?

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

Lakers Today... Lakers Tomorrow... Lakers Forever.


Another distraction...


When we talk about a team chemistry, we’re usually talking about how players get along, commit to the team concept to share the ball, work together, and trust each other. We’re talking about the synergy that results in the whole being greater than the parts, the team better than the sum of the individual players. Mostly, we’re talking about chemistry as an internal factor in a team’s success.

There is another entire aspect to team chemistry that is often referred to as the team’s personality. Are they tough or soft, smart or dumb, confident or intimidated. For championship teams, this aspect of team chemistry can sometimes even be more important in the team becoming champions because the game of basketball at the championship level is more mental than physical.

It is no coincidence that this Lakers team has forged a team chemistry and personality that reflects the greatness of Kobe Bryant. Focused, hard nosed, aggressive, intimidating, smart, crafty, veteran. These team traits are as much a part of our team’s chemistry and personality as their willingness to share the ball and trust each other. Chemistry just refers to the resulting mentality of the team.

Mitch Kupchak has done a great job paying attention to both the internal and external aspects of team chemistry in building this team. And he and Kobe have always been on the same page, wanting players who had an edge, a mean streak, a killer instinct in their demeanor and approach to the game. Artest and Barnes are the perfect examples of players brought in to add feistiness and aggressiveness to the team chemistry, to make the Lakers a tougher and as a result better team.

Which brings us to Miami and why CCX, 888, and I and others predicted that the Heat would struggle to develop team chemistry. They don’t fit well as to skills and personalities. They have no sense of team identity unlike the Lakers and Celtics. And while they will likely right the ship enough to post a lot of regular season wins, they really do not have the smarts, experience, versatility, or leadership to develop a strong team chemistry and personality. They’re just a fantasy team.


I understand the attention will be diverted from the Meat to Kobe and the Lakers - as it rightfully should be.



It's just not right.

@ Jon K...not only green...but feline green...

@ Laker Tom - all summer long my number one argument on the Heat was...they will not have the chemistry needed to go all the way and win the bling...

@ Nike - to the head of Design/Marketing...Those are some UGLY shoes...

LOL lew - I saw your post on the renegade chat... I was missing people all day today!

LWSTRS, how are those Wildebeast burgers tasting, now that the Bumyn is recuperating on our own time. AKA as Shaqfool, remember him. Good riddance. Nickname - Center for LA? are you confused- He seems more like the official video game tester!

Albatross Bumyn - That's a better name!
Seems more in line with the Bum dragging us down the Luxury Tax Black Hole!!!

Dump The Contract Now!


Mr (sorry can't call you Laker)

Get your fact straight before making accusations and slandering a Laker player...

Sorry gotta doubt your name...for any Laker or Laker fan saw AB's resolve and dedication in last year's playoffs...

And to even mention AB in the same breath as Oden...

But you are entitled to your own opinion...even if it is a shallow one...

My facts are straight as an arrow - The Bumyn cannot be counted on! He has only played 51% of the games available in five years. With a big fat zero this year and that percentage dropping like a stone. He has only played in 58% of available playoff games. He is weak, fragile, unreliableand dragging us Down
The Black Hole Of Luxury Tax Death!!!

Dump The Bumyn For Expiring Contracts Now!!


Gross...Celtics colors.

say it isn't so.... come on now.

Hey Lewstrs,

The shoes might be ugly but you got to love the symbolism!

Here's the Grinch Poem with a Kobe hates the Heat twist!

Everyone over at BSPN Liked the HEAT a lot…
But the Grinch, Who lived just west of Miamiville, Did NOT

Now, please don’t ask why. No one quite knows the reason.
It could be his head wasn’t screwed on just right.
It could be, perhaps, that his five rings were too tight.

But I think that the most likely reason of all, may have been in his heart he thought they all had a lot of gall.

Whatever the reason, his heart or his rings,
He stood there on Christmas Eve, awaiting the self appointed King,

Staring down from his championship perch with a sour, Grinchy frown,
Awaiting the arrival of the powder throwing clown.

“Tomorrow is Christmas! It’s practically here!”
“And they’re claiming my championships!” he snarled with a sneer,
Then he growled, while he in his Grinch Nikes nervously jab steppin in place,
“I MUST find some way to stop the Heat with my team's style and grace”
For Tomorrow, he knew, if they lost to the Heat all the BSPN girls and boys would revel in the defeat!

And then! the noise! Oh, the Noise! Noise! Noise! Noise!
That’s one thing he hated! The NOISE! NOISE! NOISE! NOISE!
Because he knew deep within the Heat did not possess any championship poise!

Fan of the Mamba -

Now that you have brought it to my attention...I agree...great symbolism...thanks...

Was this done on purpose...or was it coincidence...

Now if I remember right, all players on a team have to wear the same color of shoe. I guess Kobe will just take his fine and smile.

This is a cold-blooded calculated move by the Kobester, nothing coincidental about it.

Now unlike game 7 of the finals he can't let his emotions or his desire to strike multiple times until his opponent is a paralyzed quivering mass get the best of him. He's got to play under control at all times. We're deadly as a team when he's completely relaxed and controlled.

I MUST aggree with Mr L****. Andy Gump
needs to go! He doesn't have the Laker
team spirit!

don't you guys get it!!! the Grinch stole christmas, he's wearing it because he's planning to steal christmas from miami and the heat by beating them!!!

all i want for christmas is the lakers beating down on the heat


That would be, "prettiest sight" not "site." Times writers continue to amaze...

They're green. That's the Celtics. Period.

We're basketball fans watching basketball players play a basketball game, so the stronger reference is basketball, not a children's book (however classic it is).

Kobe's my hero, but wearing bright green iconic shoes on a nationally televised game on a holiday as a Laker doesn't sit well with me. It would be just as strange to see Paul Pierce wear purple and gold shoes against Orlando.

Hate the color selection of those shoes, Kobe. The only thing I like green is money. Green sneakers.....naaaaah!!!

that's perfect fitting for Kobe. The Grinch who stole miami's christmas! Go Lakers!

KB should have prioritized on his game than selecting a pair of shoes. LA c'mon we need focus on the game and win games.

GO LAKERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

GO LAKERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Your essay is good except for the spelling.I feel honored to e your guest.



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