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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.

Pietrus, who helped defend Cleveland star LeBron James(notes) in the East finals, cautions anyone who thinks he can stop Kobe cold, according to the Sentinel.

"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

Source: Orlando Sentinel

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