Last week, Mr. Peanut became a trending topic as Planters started promoting ads on social media apps that announced the death its 104-year-old mascot. The marketing campaign was intended as a lead-up to the Kraft-owned snack company’s Superbowl commercial, starring Wesley Snipes and Matt Walsh. While the 30-second clip Mr. Peanut and the actors experiencing a car accident is still set to air during this Sunday’s event, Planters has decided to dial back the ads Mr. Peanut’s demise in light the passing Kobe Bryant.
On Sunday afternoon (Jan. 26), it was reported that the NBA legend was killed in a helicopter crash while he was travelling with his daughter Gianna to her basketball game in Thousand Oaks, California. Seven other passengers also perished in the crash, including John Altobelli, his daughter Alyssa Altobelli, his wife Keri Altobelli, Mamba Academy coach Christina Mauser, Sarah Chester, her daughter Payton Chester and pilot Ara Zobayan.
In the wake this tragedy, Planters has revised their plan to advertise death-related posts on people’s social media feeds. Planters said in a statement that it will “evaluate next steps through a lens sensitivity to those impacted by this tragedy. The company added that “at this point, the pause impacts only paid advertising on channels like Twitter and YouTube, and some other outreach in the immediate wake this tragedy. No change has been made to our plans for Super Bowl Sunday.”
Kobe Bryant will forever go down as one the greatest basketball players to ever play in the NBA but beyond the twenty years he played, he continued to make major strides in his post-NBA career. Described as a writer, producer, and investor in his Instagram bio, Kobe went on to dive deeper into the creative world with films and literature.
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Following the untimely passing Kobe Bryant, Granity Studios has revealed that the Oscar-award winning short film, Dear Basketball is now available for free streaming on dearbasketball.com and Vimeo. Dear Basketball is a short film narrated by Kobe Bryant and based on a poem he wrote to announce his retirement from the NBA. Greg Keane served as a the director and animator the film that “tells the inspiring story one little boy living out his basketball dream.”
“It’s a message for all us,” Keane said during his acceptance speech at the Oscars for best animated short. “It’s through passion and perseverance that the impossible is possible.”
Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna were among the nine people who died yesterday during a helicopter crash in Calabassas. The news shocked the world with many Grammy performers dedicating their performance or paying homage to Kobe Bryant during the award ceremony.
The tributes keep on pouring in for Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gianna, and the seven other people aboard the basketball legend’s helicopter after the fatal crash yesterday. Details continue to be unveiled regarding the cause the crash with most reports pointing to high levels fog in the area. Kobe Bryant famously used helicopters to bypass the busy Los Angeles traffic, noting that he uses the extra time to bond with his family. The city Los Angeles and the entire world are grieving the loss Bryant, and the news is hitting Kylie Jenner especially hard. She posted her tribute on social media, revealing that she used to frequently use that same helicopter.
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“Rest in peace..and prayers to these families,” wrote the billionaire make-up mogul. “I still can’t believe this. That was the helicopter I would fly on from time to time with that pilot, Ara. He was such a nice man. Hold your loved ones close.”
As reported by TMZ, Jenner was on the helicopter with Dream Kardashian on the little one’s birthday in November 2019. That appears to be the last time she took flight with Ara Zobayan, the pilot the chopper.
When the news first broke, Kylie posted a photo Kobe Bryant and Gianna, praying for their family. This has to be hard for her to process, much like it is for the rest us.
Justin Timberlake is paying tribute to Kobe Bryant after the basketball legend died in a California helicopter crash on Sunday. In a heartfelt post shared on Instagram, Timberlake reflected on the impact Bryant and his “mentality” have had on his own life and his career.
Timberlake shared several photographs the two them over the years at different events, including during a Lakers game.
“We met when we were both teenagers and bonded over our drive and process. I was in awe what you could do with a basketball and knew your talent went beyond your physical gifts and stretched to your mentality. A mentality that I would take with me throughout my whole career and still use every day,” the message began with.
It continued, “As the years went by, I watched you do things that seemed humanly unimaginable. And, through ups and downs, championships and injuries, you still remained with an unwavering resolve about your mentality to remain fierce to competition. But, every time we would speak, something started to change… your patience and ease grew. And it inspired me to continue to grow for myself. Years passed, and the “old man” jokes would start to be traded back and forth. We both appreciated a good “ribbing.” We joked about “The Vino Club.” You nicknamed yourself ‘Vino’ to represent how one could age gracefully as a fine wine does.”
Later in the post, Timberlake went on to send his “love to Vanessa and your family and to the families everyone connected in the mourning this terrible tragedy,” adding that his “heart is broken and my family lifts you up in our thoughts and prayers.”
As reported by ABC News, a mural in Mid City mural honors the lives both Kobe and Gianna Bryant. The artist used an image the father-daughter duo to paint them onto a wall, writing the following touching statement next to them: “Kobe & Gigi forever. Daddy’s Girl.”
Kobe Bryant’s 20-year run in the NBA was filled with iconic moments, countless awards, a fistful championship rings, epic scoring performances and so much more. Even in his final game with the Lakers Kobe outdid himself, scoring 60 points in a 101-96 victory over the Utah Jazz at Staples Center.
In celebration Kobe Bryant’s illustrious career, ESPN has announced that the final game will re-air tonight at 9pm ET.
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Kobe’s final game came on April 13, 2016 and it was an absolute spectacle, a fitting conclusion to the Black Mamba’s basketball career. The future Hall Famer put up 60 points on 50 shots in front a star-studded crowd that included a plethora NBA legends and celebrities. However, as Bryant explained after the game, the best part was being able to put on a show for his kids.
“The coolest thing is that my kids actually saw me play like I used to play,” Bryant said. “It was like, ‘Whoa, Dad!’ I said, ‘Yeah, I used to do that.’ They were like, ‘Really?’ I was like, ‘Dude, YouTube it.’ ”
Jack Nicholson is a well-known Los Angeles Lakers fan and watched Kobe Bryant do his thing for many years from his courtside seats. While the 82-year-old actor rarely appears in public or likes to give an interview, he decided to change all that for his late friend & Laker great yesterday.
Speaking with CBS Los Angeles, Mr. Nicholson said he was heartbroken over the loss. “My reaction is the same as almost all LA,” Nicholson said. “Where we think everything’s solid, there’s a big hole in the wall. I was used to seeing and talking to Kobe that… it kills you. It’s just a terrible event.“
The Oscar winner recalled meeting Bryant for the first time at Madison Square Garden in New York. “I teased him the first time we met. I fered him a basketball and asked him if he wanted me to autograph it for him,” the actor joked. “He looked at me like I was crazy.”
And there were the countless special moments he witnessed from his famed court side seat. “I sat right behind his jump shot on the left hand side. I can see him going up and I can tell the first instant if it’s going in. I remember the totality how great a player he was… We’ll think him all the time and we’ll miss him,” he said sadly.
In the wake the tragic passing Kobe Bryant, Boosie Badazz believes the NBA should change their logo to the Laker great. Boosie took to his IG Sunday night to pay tribute to Kobe, and says its only right that the NBA change the Jerry West logo to Kobe.
“Rest in peace, Kobe,” Boosie said in an IG video. “This shit sad, dawg. This fucked up, man . . . It’s only right that the NBA take Jerry West f the logo and put Kobe Bryant on the logo, man. That’s only right, man. Fuck that, man. You gotta put Kobe Bryant on the NBA logo.”
In another post shortly after, Boosie then shared a mock-up what this proposed new logo could look like, and it’s pretty fly.
Following the report from TheShadeRoom, who also shared Boosie’s comments on their IG page, 21 Savage and others were in support the logo change. 21 Savage wrote “On God” in the comments, while other fans were all for it as well.
Sadly, Kobe Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter Gianna were among 9 people killed in the helicopter crash on Sunday morning. Per reports, Orange Coast College baseball coach John Altobelli, wife Keri, and daughter Alyssa were also on board and killed. Christina Mauser, an assistant basketball coach at a private school in Corona del Mar, was also a victim. Our thoughts and condolences to all the families grieving during this difficult time.
Ahead Sunday evening, the Grammys lined up a tribute to the late Nipsey Hussle nearly a year after his shooting death in March last year. Tragically, his tribute would find itself making room for two as he was ultimately projected alongside Kobe Bryant after the basketball legend passed away earlier in the day.
The lineup artists set to honor Nip’s found itself being all-too-fitting, however, as Los Angeles’ YG and Roddy Ricch found themselves among collaborators Meek Mill, DJ Khaled, John Legend and gospel mainstay Kirk Franklin as they led an emotional rendition Khaled’s “Higher” featuring Legend and Nip before the crowd gathered inside the Staples Center.
Earlier in the evening, Nipsey Hussle earned his very first Grammy after posthumously winning the prize for Best Rap Performance for his “Racks In The middle” track. His family, including Lauren London, his grandmother, his brother, daughter and sister all accepted the award on Hussle’s behalf. As for Kobe, host Alicia Keys called on Boyz II Men for an impromptu performance “It’s So Hard To Say Goodbye To Yesterday” before displaying his No. 8 and No. 24 Lakers jerseys above the crowd.
The world continues to process the tragic news a helicopter crash in Calabasas that took the lives nine people, including Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gianna, her teammate Alyssa Altobelli and her parents Orange Coast College baseball coach John Altobelli and Keri Altobelli. The pilot and the remaining three victims are still unidentified.
Naturally, the world basketball and beyond has expressed their condolences with remarks from the likes Michael Jordan, Shaquille O’Neal, Magic Johnson among the flood statements in light the news.
Notable, Lebron James has not yet made any public statement in reference to Bryant’s passing and with good reason when considering the emotional weight that comes with James surpassing Bryant’s all-time scoring ranking less than 24 hours earlier. As James was spotted exited the Los Angeles Lakers’ team plane from Philadelphia, he was seen wiping away tears and hugging an individual while crying in response to the news.
Bryant’s final tweet was in reference to James’ newest milestone as he congratulated the Lakers star.
“Continuing to move the game forward @KingJames,” Kobe penned. “Much respect my brother#33644.”
Following his achievement, Lebron James spoke in-depth about Kobe Bryant’s impact on his life as a player, reflecting on his earliest memories Bryant.
“…I’m here in a Lakers uniform in Philadelphia, where he’s from, where the first time I ever met him he gave me his shoes, it’s just surreal,” James told reporters Saturday night.
Nike has ficially announced that the elusive “Plum” Nike SB Dunk Low will be returning to retailers on February 7th. The special edition sneakers originally released in 2001 exclusively in Japan as part the “Ugly Duckling” Pack.
This ‘Plum’ color scheme was utilized on a Nike SB Dunk High that dropped in 2011, but the “Plum” Nike SB Dunk Lows have not surfaced since their debt 19 years ago. In the mold the OG, this 2020 iteration comes decked out in a premium suede with multiple shades purple, complemented by accents barn red.
Saturday night, Lebron James surpassed Kobe Bryant’s ranking on the NBA all-time scoring list, inching up to the No. 3 slot on the list during the Lakers’ matchup against the Philadelphia 76ers, earning the 18 points that he had remaining to pass Bryant. James now brings his tally to 33,643 points, falling behind Kareem Abdul-Jabaar’s 36,928 and Karl Malone’s 38,387.
“I’m happy just to be in any conversation with Kobe Bryant,” James said post-match. “One the all-time greatest basketball players to ever play, one the all-time greatest Lakers. The man got two jerseys hanging up in Staples Center. It’s just crazy.”
Ultimately, James sealed the deal with 29 total points, 8 assists, and 7 rebounds through the match. Bryant went on to congratulate James in a tweet following his performance, closely mirroring his sentiments in an interview with USA Today earlier in the week.
“I don’t know if people want that or want to have this kind contentious thing where you don’t want records to be broken or people there to surpass you,” Kobe said. “You should be happy for the person that comes after you to be able to surpass things that you’ve done. It’s kind juvenile to think or to behave any other way.”
Thanks to Frankie Walker, we now have a loot at yet another “More Than An Athlete” fering. This one is mostly covered in orange while the same branding is placed on the top the upper. From there, black knitposite is interspersed from the sides all the way to the back heel. It’s a dope rendition the Nike LeBron 17 that should get LeBron fans excited.
For now, there is no word yet on whether or not these will be released to the public. It’s quite possible this is a friends and family version although no one knows for sure. Stay tuned for updates on these as we will be sure to bring them to you.
Giannis Antetokounmpo has been one the most mesmerizing basketball players in the NBA over the last three seasons. Last year, Giannis was able to win the MVP trophy and this season, he is well on his way to winning the honor again. Thanks to his efforts out on the court, Giannis has his very own shoe called the Nike Zoom Freak 1. There have been plenty dope colorways over the last year and now, yet another is making its way to the market.
There have been two “All Bros” colorways so far and now, we are getting a third. This particular “All Bros” colorway is teal and features a peach midsole. Of course, the name the colorway is a nod to his four brothers Alexis, Francis, Thanasis, and Kostas. As right now, both Kostas and Thanasis are playing in the NBA which just goes to show how athletic his family is.
As right now, this colorway doesn’t have a release date although you can expect it to drop sometime in the near future. Let us know in the comments below what you think these.
Jordan Brand sponsors a ton Universities and would only make sense that they sponsor Michael Jordan‘s Alma-Mater, the University North Carolina. The Tar Heels are known for their signature white and powder blue jerseys that are synonymous with winning. If you’re a college basketball fan, then you know all about the Tar Heels and their winning tradition. Thanks to their Jordan Brand partnership, they are constantly hooked up with new player exclusive shoes and recently, the Tar Heels were given another dope pair.
Thanks to the Instagram user @solesupremacy, we now have images an Air Jordan 1 High OG PE that features some dope luxurious materials. The sneaker has white side panels, powder blue overlays, and obsidian on the toe box, back heel, and Nike swoosh. Overall, this sneaker is incredibly dope and perfect for all the Tar Heels athletes who want to go out and support their school.
Unfortunately, this is a PE so don’t expect it to hit the market anytime soon. PE’s are incredibly rare shoes and if you want any chance at getting these, you’ll have to either be a Tar Heels athlete or a wealthy person who can drop thousands dollars at their local consignment shop.