Kobe Bryant used to endorse Adidas.
Now he throws their shoes in the trash.
Later, in the locker room, present teammate Nick Young wanted an autograph to commemorate the moment. He offered his Adidas sneakers.
Nick Young said Kobe threw his Adidas in the trash & wouldn't sign them. Told Young to go get some Nike's for him to sign.
— Darius Soriano (@forumbluegold) April 14, 2016
Here's the whole transcript of Swaggy P's explanation to a reporter.
Reporter: Were you allowed to have fun last night? I mean, you're real serious right now, you know … but last night, was that a fun night for you?
Young: Yeah, it was enjoyable. Nah, I think … you know, I forgot about everything that was going on. I think the feeling was like we won a championship. They had the champagne bottles after. But yeah, it was great. The confetti, the five-minute intro he had, Kobe signing autographs—We was all in line like we was fans, you know, in the locker room—the fact that he threw my Adidas and didn't sign my Adidas, I was a little disappointed in that. But … he could not end without something like that, so … I think he threw my shoes in the trash, but yeah, that's Kobe for you.
In 1996, Bryant signed a six-year, $48 million shoe deal with Adidas. He switched to Nike when that contract was up, months before Bryant was accused of rape in Colorado. While many companies such as McDonald's and Ferrerro SpA terminated their endorsement deals with the star, Nike stood by him.
Though he may have gone home in his socks, Young didn't leave the Staples Center empty-handed.
He had Kobe sign a scorecard for him.