Recently, venture capitalist Shervin Pishevar shared that Kobe Bryant had an interest in leaving Nike and wanted to start his own sneaker business.
In fact, he shared that the reunion took place a month before Bryant’s untimely death.
âI met Kobe Bryant at the end of December 2019,â Pishevar tweeted.
âKobe was not happy with Nike and was leaving it in 2020. Kobe was going to start Mamba, a player-owned footwear company. He passed away weeks later. What he was about to do in business would eclipse his athletic career.
âThese are the designs my team made to show him that day for an independent Mamba shoe company. Here are the details of the schedule. There were witnesses to the reunion and Kobe’s plans like Gina Ford, who runs Usain Bolt.
Kobe Bryant died in a helicopter crash that claimed the lives of nine people, including Bryant’s daughter, Gigi, on Sunday, January 26, 2020.
Bryant retired from basketball in 2016 after 20 years of playing with career averages of 25.0 points, 4.7 assists and 5.2 rebounds.
The 13th pick in the 1996 NBA Draft at Lower Merion High School except for Dirk Nowitzki, Bryant is the only player in NBA history to have spent 20 seasons with one team.
An 18-time NBA All-Star, Bryant was ranked fourth on the NBA’s career scorers list with 33,643 points.
During his NBA career, Bryant won five NBA Championships, two NBA Finals MVP awards and a regular season MVP award.
Imagine a world where Bryant owned his own independent line of sneakers from Nike, Reebok, Adidas or Puma. It is done. New York Knicks Hall of Fame member Patrick Ewing did.
While Naismith Hall of Famer, Shaquille O’Neal started his career with Reebok, he created a line of affordable shoes that are sold in places like K-Mart and Target.
A two-time NBA All Star and a 12-year former NBA veteran with stoppages with the Minnesota Timberwolves, New Jersey Nets, Phoenix Suns, New York Knicks and Boston Celtics, Stephon Marbury started his shoe line during his time as a member of the Knicks.
After averaging 19.3 points and 7.6 assists, he left the NBA and enjoyed a successful playing career in China and is now a coach.
Michael Jordan is one of the most successful basketball players in the world. Six championships and Nike are synonymous with MJ.
Imagine a world where he didn’t wear an Air Jordan and chose the independent route. âI don’t know,â said Cedric Ceballos, retired NBA All-Star player. Landon Buford from Forbes Magazine in a recent interview.
“Would he like to take care of this?” “
According to COMPLEXWhen MJ left the University of North Carolina in 1984, he wanted to sign with Adidas, not Nike.
According to the article, His Airness described himself as an “Adidas nut” and told his agent, David Falk, that if the deal proposed by the German company was still near, he would sign with them.
36 years later, MJ still represents the Nike checks on the Adidas stripes.
“Phil [Knight] work hard [to put MJâs deal together]”CÃ©dric Ceballos told Landon Buford.
A 21-year NBA veteran, Ceballos was the Phoenix Suns’ 48th pick in the 1990 NBA Draft through Cal State Fullerton.
Slam Dunk champion in 1992, Ceballos dominated the NBA in field goal percentage during the 1992-1993 season, with 57.6% of shots. Ceballos is now a television analyst at Fox Sports in Dallas, Texas.
In his interview with Landon Buford, Ceballos shed light on the NBA’s sneaker offerings and brands. âThe most ridiculous deal that hasn’t been done has been signed by Spencer Haywood,â he said.
For those who keep score at home: In the 1970s Haywood was approached by Nike which was still a growing company.
Nike offered Haywood stock options or cash.
According to Gary Washburn of the Boston Globe and ESPN Marc J. Spears of the Undefeated, Haywood signed a power of attorney to his agent who accepted a payment of $ 100,000 for his client (the equivalent of nearly $ 600,000 in 2020) for the endorsement opportunity.
Haywood’s agent then took the stock and sold it to liquidate the returns. âMe and Spence joke about it all the time, but it’s just the fact that you never know a business is going to take off like that,â Cedric Ceballos told Landon Buford.
âSometimes it’s great to take a percent instead of the money, especially when you don’t need it, and at that time he was one of the best players in the NBA. not really need that money, so this is one of the dilemmas where he said he made a big mistake.