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Kobe Bryant appears in Sprite commercial in China

February 22, 2011 |  3:00 pm

Lakers guard Kobe Bryant may have had to share the local spotlight during All-Star weekend while Clippers forward Blake Griffin dunked over a silver 2011 Kia Optima. But don't believe for one second that Bryant is getting nudged out just yet, a point he proved when he collected his fourth NBA All-Star MVP the following night.

And as far as his off-the-court ventures? He has that nailed down too. He appeared in a six-minute Nike film to promote his new shoes. His hands and feet were imprinted at Grauman's Chinese Theatre, though it's only temporary. And his latest Sprite commercial featuring Asian pop singer Jay Chou provides another reminder how much his popularity rings strong in China, behind only Yao Ming.

In addition to the commercial, there's a music video (see below) in which Chou performs a song called "The Heaven and Earth Challenge."  Published reports say all the income from online ringtone downloads will be donated to charities dedicated to improving basketball facilities in China.

-- Mark Medina

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