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Kobe Rips on Derrick Rose’s Adidas Crazy Light Shoes (Video)

Once upon a time, Kobe Bryant was an Adidas guy. Midway through his career, he switched to Nike, and he’s become quite the ferocious pitchman. In fact, he’s taking his dedication to the swoosh so seriously that he’ll even rip his enemy endorsers if he has to. Check out this video of Kobe knocking Derrick Rose’s Adidas light shoes taken at Kobe’s basketball camp:

It really looks like Kobe went out of his way to rip Adidas there. Though you have to figure, after all the great publicity Adidas got from players wearing those neon yellow shoes at the All-Star game, it’s even now. Seriously Kobe, keep in mind how your shoe looks. Do you have a right to rip anyone else’s kicks? Probably not.

Video courtesy kb24la2010 on YouTube via Sorry Bro Sports

Blake Griffin Is Severely Underpaid by Nike in His Shoe Deal

When Blake Griffin was drafted number one overall in the 2009 NBA Draft by the Los Angeles Clippers, he signed a reported 2-year shoe endorsement deal with Nike for $400,000/year.

To the average person, that’s nearly 10 years worth of salary or one year’s worth of free Nike products. To us fans, that seems like an incredible deal, one that we would sign in a heartbeat. But in the world of NBA mega-endorsements and multi-million dollar deals, Blake Griffin is severely underpaid. With his hype and fame skyrocketing higher and higher with each and every dunk, Blake’s value-to-cost ratio is growing.

Looking at the last few draft classes, here are a few examples of shoe endorsement deals for top flight rookies:

Player, Company, Draft year, Position, Contract

Kevin Durant/Nike – 2007, #2 pick, 7-years, $60 million
O.J. Mayo/Nike - 2008, #3 pick, $400,000 per year
Derrick Rose/Adidas – 2008, #1 pick,  $1 million per year
Michael Beasley/Adidas – 2008, #2 pick, $650,000 per year
Blake Griffin/Nike – 2009, #1 pick, $400,000 per year
Brandon Jennings/UnderArmor – 2009, #10 pick, 2-years $2 million
John Wall/Reebok – 2009, #1 pick, 5-years, $25 million

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