Just in case you can’t read the words, it says:
You showed us that an 18-year-old could play with the best.
You showed us that a championship game, an exhibition game, and a charity event are all must-wins.
You showed us how to play chess while others played checkers.
You showed us how to hit game-winner after game-winner.
You showed us that an 81-point game is a real thing.
You showed us that gold still matters.
You showed us how to take an ice bath.
You showed us how to score 30 points in a quarter, twice.
You showed us the Mamba Face.
You showed us how to demand perfection and demand it from everyone.
You showed us how to put big-boy pants on.
You showed us that you were never out of it, ever.
You showed us how inspirational a pair of free throws could be.
Now, show us again.
Supposedly, Kobe had no idea Nike was going to place this ad in the LA Times for him to see.
Whether that’s true or not, it’s a very nice ad and a great way for a company to take care of one of its prize endorsers. Even if you’re not a Laker or Kobe fan, we all hope he makes a successful return. The game’s more exciting when he’s on the court. Get well soon Kobe!