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Testing out the Kobe Bryant, LeBron James and Kevin Durant Christmas Day Nike shoes

December 28, 2010 |  1:56 pm

The Venice Beach basketball courts have been the setting for a number of memorable sports-related moments. Lakers guard Kobe Bryant famously played there in a Labor Day pickup game before his rookie season and fractured his left wrist. The 1992 movie "White Men Can't Jump" was filmed there. And Lakers forward Ron Artest also has played his fair share of pickup games and pumped iron there.

So we chose the storied Venice Beach site for a test of three pairs of shoes worn by top players during their respective Christmas Day games. I tried out the shoes Sunday in matchups against Los Angeles Times sports writer Melissa Rohlin -- Bryant's Grinch-colored Nike Zoom Kobe VI, LeBron James' red LeBron 8 V2 and Kevin Durant's yellow Nike Zoom KD III. Rohlin played basketball at Crossroads and even attended Baron Davis' summer camp, so it's obvious she can play. Meanwhile, let's just say I'm glad I have my day job. Check out the video, directed by L.A. Times business reporter Nathan Olivarez-Giles, to see how it all went down.

-- Mark Medina

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