NBA / Jun 3, 2009 / 11:24 am

Mickael Pietrus: Not Wearing Kobes

Mickael Pietrus

“It’s gotta be the shoes.”

A statement by the great Mars Blackmon that still lives fresh today. After doing his best to check reigning MVP LeBron James in the Eastern Conference Finals, Mickael Pietrus will do his best to guard last year’s MVP Kobe Bryant. Not an easy task for anymore, so Mike figured he’d switch things up.

While Pietrus has been rockin’ the Nike Zoom Kobe IVs for the majority of the season, now that he’s going up against Black Mamba means Pietrus is changing his kicks.

“I have [Kobe shoes] at my house, but I’m going to play with Michael Jordan shoes,” Pietrus said, the newspaper reported.

Not a bad idea. If you need to channel the best, why not wear the best.

If you were Pietrus, would you keep wearing the Kobes?strong>

Source: ESPN

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  • karizmatic

    I’d keep wearing the Kobe’s they are what got me this far, why change up shoes now?

  • rlf

    this happened with the denver nuggets. some of the nuggets players, including j.r smith, wore kobe’s shoes. they even wore the shoes in practice during the western conference finals. but during the game they would change to the hyperdunk.

    pretty funny stuff.

    but if pietrus plays better in kobe’s shoes, why change it?

    almost all of the lakers wear kobe’s shoes. maybe he doesn’t want to feel like a laker.

  • jzsmoove

    Pietrus should ask Kobe to sign his kicks and then rock em. karizmatic is right, these things got you here in the first place so keep to it.

  • http://iannyb9@hotmail.com iannyb

    Lol I’m still not sure it would help his plight either way,dude you’re in for a long series,best of luck bro

  • fallinup

    I know when I change shoes, there is a hell of an adjustment period for my feet and back….Yeah, I know, it’s because I’m old and busted now…but Pietrus should keep what got him there.

    Plus, this ain’t “Like Mike”, Mickael. Jordan’s don’t give you special powers. :D

  • http://www.myspace.com/beenobrown BERN BROGDEN aka BINO BROWN STR8 UP N DOWN

    Yeah, wear the Mikes. Can’t gaurd Kobe wearin’ Kobes — } that’s showin’ too much love for a cat you’re supposed to hate on the court.

    So even if Kobe goes 4 for 18, he’s still shining’ ’cause you pluggin’ his kicks.

    That’s like Dipset dissin’ Camron even thoug..nevermind.

    Pietrus and that damn 3-point gesture! Uggghhh.

    I hope Kobe does that SIDE WAYS A-OKAY PUMP just like Mickael.

    ‘Cause he was gettin’ on my nerves with that.

    He aint talk much ish. He aint say much, do much…but when he hit those backbreakin’ 3’s…he did that damn gesture…



  • http://www.realgm.com Rare Air

    If Kobe is motivated and on his game it doesn’t matter what the hell shoes you have on. Although he would look pretty fresh in those Black/Blue nubuck J 12’s. But Im with the majority here, if youve been rocking the zoom kobe iv’s stick with em. I play in them each night after work and they have been awesome. But like the hyperdunk the cushioning is pretty weak after a certain point. Both those kicks needs good inserts when you buy them.

  • http://MyLakersNation.com Lakers Nation

    who cares . . . he’s french!

  • K.i.n.G.

    LOL at 7, it killed me everytime!

  • Kudabeen

    The French Mickael Jordan vs the False Michael Jordan …Too funny.

    I really can’t see Kobe doing more than LeBron did against him. Kobe will keep him on his toes, but the physicality will not be the same. IF Kobe’s J is falling it won’t matter, but Pietrus will be much better off physically against Kobe.

    The other issue is there will not be as help on D for Pietrus. You leave Laker bigs and it is a score unless DJ is in the game…then it is comedy.

  • Ian

    Kuda nice opening line there

  • professortruth

    ummm…. is it just me or this a little ridiculous for a story?

    1) do ppl really think kobe has the education to design shoes?
    2) when will people stop living vicariously through conspicuous consumption. especially athletes!

  • james p

    I would keep wearing the kobes. Theres nothing worse than kobe gettin busted in his own shoes.

  • Seven Duece

    professortruth – damn you shut the game down with that!

  • JC

    C’mon MP you gotta rock the Kobes. If things go your way, you’re gonna be wearing Kobe’s jersey the entire series anyway. Might as well go with the matching kicks!

  • Dukesman2000

    Don’t worry MP, if Damon Jones can get his own shoes, you’ll be able to get your own shoes some day.

  • Ant

    Hell no he shouldnt rock those..come on now..how is that gonna look…Kobe steps out on the court and looks down at his feet and see he’s rocking his shoes…hes going to chuckle and then son him and drop like 40 on him..all because he knew THAT OTHER GUY wasnt good enough to have his own show so he wore a pair of Kobes!! Go with the Jordans!!

  • dk

    If I were him, ( and judging by that lead in picture ) I ,would send Wesley Snipes to fill in for my role…

  • LAballer

    he can wear jesus’ slippers if he wants..he aint stoppin kobe..


  • Ew.

    He’s been wearing Hyperdunks, not Kobe IV’s

  • Rambis’s Stripers

    I understand MP’s reasoning here– wearing Kobe’s shoes when you are guarding him is pretty tacky, like wearing a band’s t-shirt to their show– nobody wants to be “that guy”.

    That said, now that he’s made the change every lakers fan in the world will be shouting “IT’S GOTTA BE THE SHOES!!!” in unison every time Kobe scores on him (myself included).

    Plus the dude is wearing Jordans. Do you remember the all-star game where Kobe played Jordan? The guy has spent his whole career emulating Jordan and trying to be better then him, do you seriously think homie is going to let a guy who swapped his Kobes for Jordans beat him??? Come on now, this is just gas on the fire for Kobe– everytime he looks at MP’s feet he is going to get more motivated.

    In the end, the winner is: Nike

  • bill

    Throwback reebok pumps for the win!!!!!!!!!

  • K Dizzle

    Yeah. Get to the Finals playin the best ball of your life, then switch up the shoes lol. Go ‘head, playa. But don’t go lookin for em when Kobe busts you for 40 and holds you to 5 lol

  • kowtz

    Hey, even KB24 did this… in the olympics he would change shoes to change his game… score and defend mode…

  • http://www.nba.com smoove chips

    @ 19. jesus’ slippers rofl !! peitrus about to see some shyt fa real. lakers in six !!

  • RICK773

    Personally if you wanna stop kobe it’s a simple choice. Wear Reuben Patterson’s….What better shoe to wear than the Kobe stoppers