Kobe Bryant talks to Nike schools Oregon and Gonzaga prior to Final Four

Sponsors: Nike, Panini, Hublot
Sponsors: Nike, Panini, Hublot

Nike is taking care of its schools in the Final Four of the NCAA tournament. Gonzaga and Oregon got a pep talk from Nike athlete and former Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant in Arizona. No specifics have been released on what Bryant told the players, but they did come away with a pair of shoes.


Several players posted photos with Bryant on their social media accounts. Gonzaga’s Przemek Karnowski posted a photo to Instagram with the Black Mamba and Nigel Williams-Goss posted photos of the shoes Nike gifted him to his Instagram story.


The Ducks team was told that they were going to a 10 a.m. film session. Instead, a Nike representative walked in with Bryant.


Gonzaga will tip off against South Carolina on Saturday at 6:09 p.m. ET and Oregon will face North Carolina later at 8:49 p.m. ET.

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