Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers are locked in a fight with the New Orleans Hornets in a first round NBA Playoff match up. We wanted to take some time out to show you another side of Kobe who is no stranger to controversy. However he has managed to be a marketing force even when calling Refs names (see ESPN) and making trips to Colorado. Here we take a look at his top ten commercials.
This one was a little heartwarming.
9. Kobe Bryant vs Tim Duncan (Sprite commercial)
Hilarious. “Can You outplay the Kob?” Tim Duncan and Kobe Bryant start what is the beginning of a friendly rivalry. Twelve years later and the stats don’t lie:
Kobe Bryant: 5 rings, 2 Finals MVP, 1 reg season MVP, 1 gold medal.
Tim Duncan: 4 rings, 3 Finals MVP, 2 reg season MVP.
8. GUITAR HERO® WORLD TOUR ad featuring Kobe Bryant, Alex Rodriguez, Tony Hawk and Michael
This commercial makes the list because its like the All Star game of commercials.
7. Nike Puppet Commercials
These commercials featured Kobe Bryant and Lebron James as puppets. There were like 7 of them but this version was a standout. Watch all of the other puppet commercials here.
6. All Together Now Commercial
This commercial came out of nowhere and featured Andre 3000 of Outkast over the popular Beatles sample.
5. Kobe Bryant One on One
Is this the commercial that soured Kobe in the eyes of many? Kobe literally embarrassed the kid in 30 seconds. These words were very telling “I don’t believe in cutting anyone any slack.”
4. Call of Duty Black Ops Commercial
Kobe wasn’t the feature of the commercial but it was pretty cool that he was in it. Apparently, Skip Bayless took offense to Kobe’s appearance in the commercial saying that he was glorifying violence. Skip Bayless, one thing, shut up.
3. Kobe Bryant x Adidas
This commercial goes back to the 90’s when Kobe Bryant still had an endorsement deal with adidas. This commercial featured the God performing an impressive array of dunks including a 360.
2. Kobe Bryant is the Black Mamba
Nike Basketball released a short film in 2011 titled “The Black Mamba.” The film was directed by Robert Rodriguez but was basically a commercial for Kobe’s Nike Sneaker line. The film featured many high-profile cameos including Mickey Rourke, Bruce Willis and Kanye West.
1. Kobe Bryant Jumps over a Speeding Aston Martin
The question was did Kobe really jump over a speeding Aston Martin? Well we all watched it a few times to make sure.