NIKE goes Kobe Lebron Puppets?


“NBA Puppet Time!”

Do you Remember this? The first Kobe and Lebron puppet commercial? Kobe and Lebron are two great basketball players who many toss back and forth on who are the best. So what better way to poke fun at them than to make them into puppets right?

Nike first takes the cake by creating two puppets both looking like Kobe and Lebron in appearance for their company and preparing for the 2009 NBA Playoffs. This pulls in many viewers of all kinds because who wasn’t amp for Playoffs? Yet, the first Commercial for Kobe and Lebron goes so well and entertains many, they begin to make it an ongoing series of clips leading up until the NBA Playoffs also adding other characters in such as a little guy named “Lil Dez”.

Adding other Characters into these commercials as they grew more popular only complimented Nike and helped advertise for NBA Playoffs. “Lil Dez” being included in the Kobe and Lebron puppets added more humor and entertainment for viewers.   As “Lil Dez” squeaky voice shows the puberty he is going through as he is known as the funny kid in the commercial who brings tears of laughter to others.

The company, Nike had a great idea to help promote their company.  Using two very well known athletes to promote them was a wise decision for them.  They took it up a notch and instead of hiring the two athletes, Kobe and Lebron for a commercial they got the idea of using puppets because it is more appealing to the eye.  Also more entertaining for the viewers as the puppets advertise Nike gear in the commercials.

Many want to believe that Kobe Bryant and Lebron James are two individuals who go at it like monsters on and off the court but the puppet commercial convey the two in different aspects such as roommates, joking around teasing one another, and competing of course! And the idea of conveying these athletes from different aspects and angles in these commercial set up even higher standards for both Kobe and Lebron which led more to tune into the NBA Playoffs and great advertisement for Nike. This goes to show how commercials really affects the viewers everywhere.

The Kobe and Lebron Puppets got such good ratings as they were posted on Youtube that they were brought back to continue on for the 2010 NBA Playoffs

Expecting bigger and better things from Nike as they continue to pursue these commercials, not only helping their company profit in sales

But entertain viewers and fans of Kobe Bryant and Lebron James.


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