June 03, 2009
Orlando Magic guard Mickael Pietrus(notes) doesn't want to be in Kobe Bryant's(notes) shoes for the NBA Finals ... literally. Pietrus said he will not use the Bryant-endorsed sneakers he has worn all season long in the championship series against the Los Angeles Lakers, according to a report in the Orlando Sentinel.
"I have some at my house, but I'm going to play with Michael Jordan shoes," Pietrus said.
"The only thing I can do is try to minimize his touches in the fourth quarter," Pietrus said. "He's a tremendous player and those guys you can not stop them. So maybe I can say, 'Hey, stop, Kobe! Yo! Stop!' Maybe that's the only way I can stop him. 'Stop for a minute!'"
Pietrus, who has starred coming off the bench this postseason, said he admires Bryant's killer instinct and tried to emulate that character trait when he first came into the league