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Date archive for: August 2013

Kobe Bryant Posts Running Video

Kobe Bryant, a bionic specimen of human genetics, recently posted a video on Instagram of his progress—you know, just in case you were doubting him in any way whatsoever:

#mambamental #vinoclock

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Like anything Kobe Bryant related, the treadmill isn’t your normal, get-your-exercise-on-joe-schmoe, kind of treadmill, it’s an anti-gravity treadmill (whatever that is).

Bryant, who is recovering from an ACL rupture at record pace, can be strategically seen by anyone at the Lakers practice facility.  Should anyone on the other side dare take a break of any kind, they will have a living, breathing, reminder of what it is not to punk out.

Big ups, Mamba. Keep the F.U. recovery pace up!

Kobe Bryant Shattering Pace of Recovery from Achilles Injury

Kobe Bryant is recovering at an accelerated pace from the torn Achilles injury he suffered last season according to a recent nba.com interview while in on tour in China:

The surgical procedure was different […] and because of that the recovery has been different.  The normal timetable for recovery from an Achilles, we’ve shattered that. Three-and-a-half months I can already walk just fine, I’m lifting weights with the Achilles just fine and that’s different. So we don’t know what that timetable is going to be. It’s kind of new territory for us all.
—Kobe Bryant

Did anyone expect any different from Kobe Bryant?  Not only is he a vicious competitor, Kobe apparently has access to secret medical developments that have yet to hit the general market.

It wasn’t long ago that we were witness to the rejuvenation of Bryant via magical knee regeneration techniques available only in Germany.  Now we’re privy to groundbreaking new methods of surgery which have cut down the recovery time by months—at least according to Bryant.

In spite of the ferocious competitive desire to return to the court, Bryant’s availability at the start of the season should be controlled and limited given the innovative nature of his surgery.  No doubt Laker fans will be excited to see him back on the court, but if they wish to see him compete for that sixth ring this late in this career, they better hope the return isn’t premature.

Note:  Kobe Bryant’s ruptured Achilles injury was suffered against the Golden State Warriors on April 12, 2013.

 

 

Blake Griffin & Dr. Drain Deliver in New Jordan Ad

Blake Griffin‘s new Jordan commercial for the Super.Fly 2s lives up to the ad standards we’ve come to expect from Griffin.

Featuring a character that fancies himself “Dr. Drain,” who happens to resemble Spike Lee’s Mars Blackmon, the ad is effective in providing a throwback feel to what basketball is all about:  the playground, pick-up games, and teammates with pronounced basketball flaws.

The black and white look, the use of an old school song like “I’m Your Puppet,” and a shot of Blake Griffin and Dr. Drain at the ice cream truck further adds to the welcomed summery throwback feeling.

So, without further ado, here’s Dr. Drain making it rain:

Whether you like him or not, you have to appreciate the great ads that result from the brands he represents (and if you follow him on his personal social media channels, you’ll also notice that the ads very much reflect his off-screen, silly persona).  I particularly liked how Rob Mahoney described it over at the Point Forward:

Pairing Blake Griffin’s perfect deadpan with an outwardly goofy character works so well for all involved, and the concept of Griffin’s basketball chemistry with the young chucker is brilliantly simple. Funny, charming and exceptionally well done.

Also: It seems safe to say that Drain leads the park in ‘Kobe Assists.’

Additionally, to mark the launch of the Super.Fly 2, and to capitalize on Blake Griffin’s most recognized skill—throwing it down after a lob—jordan.com created the “Lift Off With Blake” user interactive page.  Fans can film themselves throwing an alley-oop to Blake using their smartphones and then upload it to jordan.com/liftoff for a chance to have it featured on the site.

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