Friday, May 22, 2009
Kobe Bryant & Lebron James Nike MVPs Ad Resembles Lil' Penny Series
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)