Kobe Bryant has had some pretty memorable commercials throughout his career. Adidas, Nike, Sprite and McDonalds have all utilized the marketability of Kobe Bean Bryant to endorse numerous products over the years.
The ones from the earlier stages of his career featured a more relaxed and down-to-earth version of the five-time NBA champion. There was a lot of humor and athleticism provided by the young guard out of Lower Merion High School.
Just looking back at these commercials makes me wonder what happened to the art of the commercial. There were numerous memorable advertisements from the late 90s and early 2000s, but it seems nowadays the touch is lost.
For a few minutes, let's a take a look at some of the best commercials Kobe was a part of in his career.
Not sure why McDonalds promotes so many athletes knowing they probably don't even eat it themselves.
Either way, it's not much, but it's still a decent commercial .
This commercial showcases a rookie Kobe Bryant before the mini-fro.
With a fresh Adidas contract, Kobe began marketing himself to the basketball world.
It's kind of cool watching him out there as a younger version of what we see today.
A lot more athleticism back then, but then again, his game wasn't as pure.
This new ad by Kobe and Nike has Mr. Bryant teaching some of the most successful athletes and celebrity figures what it takes to reach his level of success.
Now some might take it as an extreme sense of arrogance.
Personally, I look at it more as just good humor.
Did he actually pass the ball?
I'm sure that's the first thing to come to people's minds after watching this Adidas ad.
Kobe gives us a look into his thought process as he goes into the air to attack the basket and how he comes up with such highlight-worthy material.
Personally, I would have gone with the dunk. But that's just me.
In case you haven't noticed by now, Adidas is going to show up a lot in this slideshow.
Actually, a lot of his better commercials were under the Adidas brand.
Nevertheless, Kobe provides a positive motivational message to up-and-coming young basketball players trying to make a name for themselves on the hardwood.
Alex Rodriguez. Tony Hawk. Michael Phelps. And Kobe Bryant.
Normally, these four athletes wouldn't have too much in common (well, other than being one of the top performers in their respective craft).
Kobe surprised a few heads with his appearance in this ad, but it was an entertaining surprise nonetheless.
Another inspirational commercial from Adidas.
This is by far one of Kobe's better commercials.
We get a glimpse at his work ethic and what gives him the ability to play the way he does night in and night out.
A good message to aspiring ballers growing up who want to know what it takes to succeed.
Kobe, with all the arrogance and charisma of a young player fresh out of high school, teams up with fellow up-can-comer Tim Duncan for this Sprite commercial.
Group them with hip-hop artist Missy Elliot, and you have a pretty entertaining commercial that just screams "90s."
Not sure how the two would have fared actually going one-on-one, but I guess we'll never truly know.
Probably one of the most memorable commercials from Kobe's career.
This is essentially who Kobe is at his core.
Throughout his entire career, he's been driven by his passion to disprove his naysayers.
You see the newspaper clippings dating back to his rookie year, when he launched four (that's right, four) air balls in the clutch moments of a Game 5 elimination game in which the Lakers fell to the Utah Jazz 4-1.
There are several other clippings shown in the commercial implying that Kobe remembers every bit of hate that's been thrown his way since his career began back in '96.
That's what makes him great. That's what puts him on a different level than your average kid out of high school. That's what makes him Kobe Bean Bryant.
I know everyone remembers these commercials.
These ads gained popularity as the Kobe-LeBron debate reached its peak around 2009.
An instant classic, these commercials had plenty of NBA fans constantly waiting for the next one to come out.
And I'm sure many people wish they still aired these commercials.
Nike did a good job with this one.