Basketball never stops. Even for the man with 16 NBA seasons under his belt, 5 world championships and 2 gold medals.
Nike and Kobe Bryant touched down in China for their seventh tour since the Black Mamba signed with The Swoosh. Kobe made three stops in Jinan, Wuhan and Guangzhou, China, this past week in partnership with Nike's “Find Your Greatness” campaign. Kobe exclusively worked with young players, coaching them up and mentoring them while leading them to find their own greatness through basketball.
“Greatness is about working hard, greatness is not only shown on the gold medal stand, greatness is also accomplished when you work hard everyday.” - Kobe Bryant
One thing's for certain, Nike's investment in China has been a consistent, winding journey. Much like Kobe's career. Will we ever see a non-big man emerge from the Far East? The game of basketball continues to grow into a global game, and I can't wait to see what it blossoms to be. Check the photos below for more on Kobe's journey in China.
Here is your pertinent reading material for Monday. Get the week started off right and kick some ass along the way.
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Smoking Section: Chris Tucker Says No To New “Friday,” Proves He Hates Us All
The Starting Five: LeBron James returns to Akron a champion
The Verge: The best of the worst of video game box art
The League of Ordinary Gentlemen: Doing (Sports) Journalism Right
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Eddie Maisonet is the founder and editor emeritus of The Sports Fan Journal. Currently, he serves as an associate editor for ESPN.com. He is an unabashed Russell Westbrook and Barry Switzer apologist, owns over 100 fitteds and snapbacks, and lives by Reggie Jackson’s famous quote, “I am the straw that stirs the drink.”