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J.J. Barea Billboard Takes Shot a Kobe Bryant (Picture)

Don’t get me wrong, I think the J.J. Barea billboard is clever and I’m glad his Mavericks swept the Lakers.  Barea is the prototypical underdog story while many of the Lakers are worldwide celebrities.  The thing I don’t understand is why Kobe Bryant.  According to our friends at Black Sports Online, the billboard above was paid for by Barea in his home country of Puerto Rico and translates to, “Only my ribs hurt, but for Kobe it’s his ego.”

The Lakers were extremely physical with Barea, but the two plays that stick out are Andrew Bynum’s cheap shot on him and Ron Artest’s clothesline on Dirk at the end of Game 4. Funny, neither foul was committed by Kobe himself. So shouldn’t the billboard be taking a more direct shot at one of the culprits?  Maybe Barea chose Kobe because he’s the most recognizable name in Puerto Rico, but it doesn’t make much sense to single him out when his teammates were the ones taking blatant cheap shots at Jose.  In any event, his point is taken.  Chest bump to The Basketball Jones for the picture.



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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_L7XY7RIA6IEQ7OWKFMVDKFSBIU Elvis Novelo

    that guy is asking for a beatdown next year, when the lakers are refuel for next season , kobe is going to munder him on the court without sayin g a word.

  • http://larrybrownsports.com Larry Brown

    It’s amazing how players do stuff in their home countries thinking nobody will see it. I get that they’re more comfortable away from the U.S., but you have to know that stuff will get around.

  • Anonymous

    My friend, that billboard is from Sprite campaing around Latinoamerica called “Las cosas como son”. Or translate as the things as they are. That billboard wasn’t paid by Barea, it was made by Coca-cola. Look for the information before and stop crying Lakers fans it wasn’t his fault that the Lakers forget that they were at the playoffs.

  • http://www.facebook.com/chago.dilan Chago Dilan

    Lauriepr , everything you said its what I was going to said…

  • http://twitter.com/quinonesanibal quinonesanibal

    JJ BAREA is the oficial Athlete of Sprite in Puerto Rico. As part of their campaign “Las cosas como son” (things as they are) they hype everything Barea accomplishes. Even during the Finals where the Mavs went head on with LeBron (Sprite’s athlete worldwide), they created several ads around JJ over LeBron. Even seeing the billboard you can clearly see it’s a Sprite Ad, I don’t get how can anyone believe Barea paid a billboard to take a shot at Kobe. He isn’t like that and if he wanted to do it, he would just tweet the message or say it during a press conference. 

  • http://twitter.com/FreeBrainSurf AJ Surf

    GUYS, he never said that!!!… It’s just a photoshoped JOKE done by his fans!… Barea is a very humble guy and a true champion!

  • http://twitter.com/MidgetZonhei Midget Heidi

    It’s not a photoshopep joke! There are several billboards from SpritePR th@ go around the whole nba thing, you guys can check them out on facebook.com/spritepr Now you have 2 understand th@ they went 4 Kobe cuz everybody knows he’s from the Lakers, like u say Kobe here in PR & u go like “ok he’s from the Lakers”. So th@’s th@. JJ didn’t pay for the billboard so get th@ idea out of ur heads, on the contrary he’s getting payed 2 b the face of Sprite here! Plus “LAS COSAS COMO SON” campaign, the normal 1, is actually fun facts from the every-day life!!! You can search their commercials on YouTube simply by writing “Sprite Las Cosas Como Son”

  • http://twitter.com/MidgetZonhei Midget Heidi

    It’s not a photoshopep joke! There are several billboards from SpritePR th@ go around the whole nba thing, you guys can check them out on facebook.com/spritepr Now you have 2 understand th@ they went 4 Kobe cuz everybody knows he’s from the Lakers, like u say Kobe here in PR & u go like “ok he’s from the Lakers”. So th@’s th@. JJ didn’t pay for the billboard so get th@ idea out of ur heads, on the contrary he’s getting payed 2 b the face of Sprite here! Plus “LAS COSAS COMO SON” campaign, the normal 1, is actually fun facts from the every-day life!!! You can search their commercials on YouTube simply by writing “Sprite Las Cosas Como Son”

  • http://twitter.com/MidgetZonhei Midget Heidi

    Here r some examples!