Grand Slam Quest Brings New U.S. Open Advertisers Luck Getting More Comfortable With Endorsements Saints OK With Mercedes-Benz' Falcons Move Arizona To Only Take In $500K From Nike Extension Marketplace Roundup Lakers' Jim Buss Has No Plans To Sell Russell Wilson Clarifies Water Comments Jim Buss Remains Optimistic About Lakers Brands Activating Around U.S. Open Across N.Y. Sprinter Prandini Signs First Pro Deal With Puma
SBD/February 1, 2011/Marketing and Sponsorship
Shanghai Surprise: Kobe Looks To Spread Chinese Culture To U.S. Youth
Published February 1, 2011
NEXT STEP, HOLLYWOOD? In L.A., Nathan Olivarez-Giles reported filmmaker Robert Rodriguez has made a six-minute film starring Bryant and sponsored by Nike titled "The Black Mamba." Singer Kanye West and actor Bruce Willis also make appearances -- West “plays a villain known as the Boss, with Willis as his henchman.” West's "Boss wants Bryant's shoes.” Olivarez-Giles wrote, “In typical over-the-top Rodriguez style, Bryant ends up playing a game of basketball against Danny Trejo and a mutant-like defense, on top of a skyscraper in downtown L.A.” Bryant said that the film will “air on TV during the NBA All-Star break” (LATIMES.com, 1/31).