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Sportswriter: Is Lakers' Kobe Bryant Being Distracted By His Commitments to Nike, Including a Nike 'Movie'? Orange County Register

"To understand just how much the Lakers have going on during the regular season, just consider how Kobe Bryant even has side business to his side business," writes sports columnist Kevin Ding in the Orange Country (Calif.) Register.

Ding continues, "Bryant has filmed a movie – yes, he is acting in it, and it is really being termed a movie – with a full-fledged Hollywood director: Robert Rodriguez, who made 'Spy Kids' and 'Sin City.' The movie will be released – and figures to go viral, Nike surely assumes – in its entirety in mid-February at All-Star weekend, when the game for which Bryant is the leading fan vote-getter will be played at Staples Center. It is all being done as a promotion for the [Nike] Zoom Kobe VI shoe and Bryant’s new 'True Colors' apparel line."

Ding adds, "The movie will be billed this way: “The world’s best basketball player. … Biggest challenge yet. … Kobe Bryant is the Black Mamba. … A Robert Rodriguez film.”