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.
Nike had @kobebryant give a pep talk to the Gonzaga and Oregon teams last night in Arizona.
— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) March 30, 2017
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.
Mamba Mentality ???? pic.twitter.com/IEip5B4PQX
— Przemek Karnowski (@PKarnowski) March 30, 2017
The Ducks team was told that they were going to a 10 a.m. film session. Instead, a Nike representative walked in with Bryant.
— Pac-12 Network (@Pac12Network) March 31, 2017
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.