For most parts of his career, the late Los Angeles Lakers legend wore Nike sneakers and gear. But before signing with the company, Kobe was actually part of Nike's biggest rival, Adidas. In fact, Bryant was all set to become the face of the brand in the future.
But when Adidas dropped the second signature for the Mamba, it received a poor reaction from everyone around the globe. So much so that it forced Bryant to end his deal with Nike by paying around $8 million out of his pocket.
He later signed with Nike and remained one of the faces of the brand throughout his NBA career. It only seems reasonable that Bryant had loyalty towards Nike and, on the other hand, hated Adidas.
But the degree of hatred that Bryant had for Adidas wasn't something that fans were aware of till a story shared by NBA insider Marc J Spears a couple of years ago. Spears shared that Kobe wouldn't even sit for an interview with him if he wore even a single gear of Adidas.
"I'm at the practice and I go to interview Bean. I said, 'Kob? A few minutes before you leave?' He said, 'No, not for you today.' I'm like, 'what are you talking about?' Bro, I had this beautiful Adidas sweatsuit on. ... He said, 'I ain't doing an interview with you wearing that.' I'm like 'why?' He was like, 'really dog?' And he's Nike dripped, head to toe. And it hit me like, 'Damn he did had a bad breakup with Adidas.' ... He was like, 'Look here's what you are gonna do, I'm gonna give you the interview, but when you go home, you're gonna throw all that away and you're gonna take a video of you throwing it away. I wanna see it in the trash, that sweatsuit, in the trash and I need proof that you threw it away."
In a way, the story is quite hilarious as it showed just how much Kobe hated Adidas for not treating him well when he was a part of the brand.
At any cost, Marc J Spears got a short interview with Kobe. So it means that he fulfilled Kobe's demand of throwing away the Adidas gear and sneakers in the trash. Stories like these once again make us realize how truly one-of-a-kind Kobe Bryant was.