The Kobe Experience
Yesterday was one long day. I woke up quite early, not that I was excited or anything, but more like I just wanted to make sure everything on our to do list would go as planned. I got to the office a little before 9 after hitting the gym. I felt alright. I got word from our friends at the PR firm that we can only send a couple of people inside the room while we do our 1 on 1 with Kobe. That automatically takes me out of the equation. No biggie. I’ve seen Kobe before. No big whup.
We got to the Manila Peninsula around 945 and met up with the rest of the other networks getting cozy with the Mamba. It was short. We had 5 minutes with the Mr. Finals MVP but I believe it was a good interview. The full on Press con at the Rigodon Ballroom was packed! Friends from print, online, TV and the wires were all there. We all caught of a glimpse of the Dream Season (though you all read my post on that a few weeks back) and their special ball made for the outdoors.
I opted not to head on out to BHS for his meet and greet, but went to the Philsports arena instead. The place was full as the event started. Jinno, TJ, and Sarah welcomed the fans that wanted to catch a glimpse of Kobe. Everyone was shouting MVP! MVP! when he came out. I had goosebumps and felt like I was in Staples during a Laker game. Kobe gave a mini clinic and gave Nico Salva a workout! I feel sorry for the other Nike Elite guys that just sat there. I’m sure they wanted Kobe to pass them the ball or get pointers from him as well.
It was a pretty short clinic and the event was done in an hour. Everyone left with smiles on their faces and once again, Kobe touched his fans in more ways than one (and no, not the way he touched that girl in Colorado).
After seeing Kobe up close and personal, am I now a fan? Ehhh… it’s more like I respect him, I appreciate him as a player and I’m honored to be around one of the best, if not the best player of this generation.
Oh, I wasn’t wearing Kobes today. I wore Jordans.
(pictures to be added tom. the driver accidentally brought the laptop to the shop. dang.)