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Kobe signs w/ Reebok?

Discussion in 'NBA Dish' started by Tonaaayyyy, Feb 10, 2003.

  1. Tonaaayyyy

    Tonaaayyyy Member

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    http://espn.go.com/sportsbusiness/news/2003/0208/1506124.html




    Sunday, February 9
    Updated: February 10, 9:27 AM ET

    Kobe's locker full of Reeboks likely tells story

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    By Darren Rovell
    ESPN.com


    ATLANTA -- Since parting ways with adidas nearly seven months ago, Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant has been required to wear a different brand of shoes every three games, making it hard for outsiders to determine what company had the inside edge on the 24-year-old superstar.

    And Sunday's All-Star Game was no different.

    Although Bryant wore Air Jordan IIIs from 1988 to pay homage to Michael Jordan, who played in his final midseason classic, perhaps the most telling sign of things to come were three pairs of Reebok shoe boxes marked "Kobe" in Bryant's locker.

    The shoe brand's presence was not a surprise as Reebok became the clear No. 1 this week. ESPN.com has learned that officials with the shoe brand have entered into serious, substantive negotiations with Bryant's SFX representatives that went into the wee hours the past two days, according to sources familiar with the talks.

    Todd Krinsky, Reebok's vice president of its RBK brand, and SFX agent Rob Pelinka declined to comment on the imminence of a deal. Bryant, when asked before Sunday night's game if he had an announcement to make on a new shoe deal, replied, "No, not yet."

    Bryant, who left adidas in July after a six-year relationship, was decked out in Reebok shoes and apparel Saturday when he made a cameo at the NBA Jam Session as a promotional appearance for McDonald's.

    After sales for adidas' KOBETWO's floundered, Bryant -- who is averaging 28.6 points per game and averaged 40.2 point for the five games leading up to the break -- paid close to $8 million to buy himself out of his contract. Part of the buyout, however, stipulated that he would agree not to sign with a competitor until after the All-Star Game and he could not wear shoes of any competitor for more than three consecutive games.

    Bryant was the leading All-Star Game vote-getter (1.47 million) for the first time in his career this year and appears to be putting the Lakers in position to defend their three consecutive championships. But Bryant's shoe endorsement negotiations might have been compromised by companies looking to allocate a budget to sign high school phenom LeBron James to a shoe deal worth in excess of $25 million over five years. Industry sources say the race for James is now down to a battle between Nike and adidas.

    Bryant earns more than $10 million annually from endorsements including McDonald's, Spalding and Sprite. Reebok's stable of NBA players includes Allen Iverson, whom the company has under a lifetime contract. Iverson started opposite Bryant in the All-Star Game.
     
  2. Free Agent

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    I wonder if Francis is trying to get Yao over to Reebok as well? Yao's Nike contract is over soon.
     
  3. Vengeance

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    Is it just me, or has Reebok really botched Steve Francis' shoes. Not the specific shoes themselves, but the SF line. He started out with his very own shoe, then they changed names but it was still his own shoe and now he shares the shoe with several other players. It just seems to me that they should have stuck with a SF line and kept that going, like they did with AI.
     
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    Not everyone has a lifetime contract like AI. I wonder if he still gets paid when he's 50 or 60?
     
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    I think the relaity is Franchise does not yet have the draw AI has....yet
     
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    i hope not, reebok sucks, well i dont mean they suck, i have reebok stuff, i just think nike is the best by far, my opinion :):eek:
     
  8. Mr. Mooch

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    I haven't worn a pair of Nike's in, gosh, 3 years now!?!!!?


    I made the switch to New Balance after the Nike's I had were almost painful compared to the pair of NB I had tried on.

    Now I have a really comfortable pair of Adidas.

    Of course I might switch again.

    No contract for me, though. I mean I do pay THEM to advertise for THEM.

    If only my legal name was "Kobe Bryant". Then Nike could sign me and claim that "Kobe Bryant" has a deal with them.

    Ahhh that would be nice. Oh well.
     
  9. austinrocket

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    who really cares if kobe goes with reebok.
    does it really matter.
     
  10. Mr. Mooch

    Mr. Mooch Contributing Member

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    Yes, indeed!

    Him signing with Reebok decides if the U.S. will go to war with Iraq.

    It's true.
     
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