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Mickael Pietrus

With the NBA Finals still one day away from starting, apparently the time off has given the players time to take care of some loose ends. For Kobe, it’s getting some Shaq stuff of his chest and for the Magic’s Mickael Pietrus, it’s getting some Kobe stuff off of his feet. Because the Lakers are the Magic’s opponent, and because Pietrus will be guarding Kobe when he’s in the game, the Magic sharpshooter will be wearing different shoes. Normally, Pietrus wears Kobe’s Nikes, the Zoom Kobe IV. Not for the Finals, however. Instead, Pietrus will be wearing a pair of Air Jordans; which is perfectly understandable, considering his defensive assignment.

Think about it this way: Would Michael Jordan — provided he didn’t single-handedly build Nike — wear a pair of Patrick Ewing’s adidas when playing the Knicks? Um, no. Pietrus’ gamesmanship didn’t stop there, however. When asked how he plans on defending Bryant, he offered this suggestion:

“The only thing I can do is try to minimize his touches in the fourth quarter,” Pietrus said, according to the Sentinel. “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!’”

Who knows? It might just work, seeing how pissing him off didn’t. Right, Dahntay Jones?