Kobe Bryant Gave Alexander Ovechkin His Signed Jersey And Shoes, And I Think I Am Officially In The Minority Now
I have a question, if everyone has a signed piece of Kobe Bryant paraphernalia does anyone REALLY have a signed piece of Kobe Bryant paraphernalia? Don't get me wrong. I appreciate him doing his best to be outgoing and personable during his retirement tour, but I think we have to draw the line somewhere, and gifting players he's likely never seen play is as good of a place as any. Yeah, this is an example of greatness recognizing gr8ness, but maybe he can just admire it from afar out of fear of over saturation. A framed signed Kobe jersey should be a novelty, but he's giving away so much shit it's about to become the cheap generic IKEA rug of athletic wall hangings. A personalized present from the Black Mamba should be any given person's most prized possession, and it's about to get regulated to guest room status because literally everyone else with a game played under their belt has one. I picture John Wall walking into Ovechkin's place and saying "oh, I just got one of these too!" With a signed pair of kicks that's 1 of 100,000 the odds of that happening with regularity are only growing, and Ovi is far too accomplished to get labeled as anything other than a trendsetter.
The line makers would probably place the over/under on times that Kobe Bryant has watched Alexander Ovechkin play for more than 30 seconds at a time at 5.5, and I would nail the under. That's not a indictment of him. The same could certainly be said if the situation were reversed, but that's why neither of them should be quick to sign a jersey for someone that isn't all that familiar with their work. Maybe take a picture, sign an action shot, and move on to the next city, because pretty soon I am going to feel like the only person on Earth that doesn't have anything I can point to as a memento of my close personal friendship with Kobe Bryant.