Kobe's been on a tear lately. Here's what we were saying at the time of one of his earlier scoring sprees:
Springbaks behind Kobe's 81? Rumor has it. . . According to inside sources, Springbaks appeal as a pro player's "little secret edge" goes back to the late 80's. Back in the day when the Cowboys were "America's Team" Emmitt Smith and the majority of the Cowboys were using Springbaks. A significant population of NFL players were, and still are, enjoying the benefits of Springbaks. They had yet to become known in the NBA. LA Laker role player Kurt Rambis was an early adopter of Springbaks. Fast forward a couple decades. Kurt Rambis is now GM of the Lakers. Trying to kick start their performance, he was banging his head for all the Lakers to wear them. Finally Kobe's team relented and started wearing Speedsoles, and coincidentally this is the same time, the Lakers began their winning streak. About 2 weeks after that point, Kobe has his historic 81 point night. Too bad Springbak can't afford what Kobe would charge to endorse. Come to think of it, if he was in fact using Springbaks, he probably wouldn't even want you to know.