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Friday, May 22, 2009

Kobe Bryant & Lebron James Nike MVPs Ad Resembles Lil' Penny Series

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Last night, I was scanning ESPN for the score to the Lakers vs. Nuggets game when I noticed a funny banner ad from Nike. The ad series is called MVP: Most Valuable Puppets, starring puppet versions of Kobe Bryant and Lebron James sharing a home where they exchange taunts throughout each commercial. In one video titled, Three rings: Kobe rummages through the house "searching" for his three championship rings, reminding Lebron what a championship ring looks like, since Lebron doesn't have one to his name.

I'm revealing my age here, but the first association I made when I saw the MVPs ad was the Lil Penny ads from the mid-90s. Lil' Penny was voiced by Chris Rock and Penny Hardaway's one man entourage. Unfortunately for Penny, his health and his career went downhill from there, but the ad remains a classic among NBA fans.

I was amused by the timing of the ad, since Nike is undoubtedly rooting for a Lakers vs. Cavs NBA Finals matchup, but the Nuggets tied the series 1-1 last night, and Cleveland lost home court advantage (as well as a shot clock) thanks to Dwight Howard and the Orlando Magic. As a life-long resident of central Florida and a longsuffering fan of the Magic, I hope Nike's wish doesn't come true.

Update: Adidas should create Dwight Howard Puppet Master ad to mock Nike MVPs.

By Matt O'Hern at 08:30 AM | Comments (2)

(2) Thoughts on Kobe Bryant & Lebron James Nike MVPs Ad Resembles Lil' Penny Series

Kobe is the best player in the lead hands down!
Lebron is good but just not up there with kobe yet

Comments by jazzy : Friday, May 22, 2009 at 03:57 PM

So why doesn't Dwight Howard's shoe sponsor, Adidas, start a "Dwight Howard as Superman" puppet ad campaign??? Adidas is just as powerful as Nike!

Comments by chris williams : Saturday, May 30, 2009 at 10:11 PM

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