Taiwanese Celebrate Lakers Star Kobe Bryant with Snake Sculpture

August 19, 2014

Taiwanese are known to do some strange stuff by Western standards (Taiwan definitely broadcasts interesting commercials and game shows), but this one has got to be the weirdest, especially for fans of the Los Angeles Lakers and Kobe Bryant.

A sculptor, presumably a Taiwanese sculptor, has created a piece of art featuring the Lakers superstar seemingly charging toward the basket with a large snake wrapped around his leg and back. The athlete is holding a basketball high above his head with the snake’s tail seemingly grabbing for it. What is equally weird is the location of the snake’s head, which is sculpted biting Kobe’s Achilles heel, presumably to  depict the time in which Bryant was out last year due to the injury to his Achilles.

Kobe Bryant has had quite the shoe line in his storied career, including a Nike Zoom Kobe VII Poison Dart Frog model in several colors, and Nike Kobe VIII System Python, Pit Viper, Red Boa, and Year of the Snake. There is no mention of a black mamba model on the kicksologist website that has a pretty good rundown of his model line. 

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Lakers superstar Kobe Bryant runs offense against a large snake, shoeless, which is weird considering the number of basketball shoe models he has had over the last 15 years. 

The sculpture is on display at the Basketball Art Exhibition in Taipei, Taiwan. The snake? Well someone in the media reported that it was a black mamba, and all other media reports it as such but that is anyone’s guess. Let’s just call it a large snake wrestling with the superstar for the basketball. With the look on Kobe’s face, he isn’t going to let the ball get snaked out of his hand. 


John B. Virata keeps a ball python, two corn snakes, a king snake, and two leopard geckos. His first snake, a California kingsnake, was purchased at the Pet Place in Westminster, CA for $5. Follow him on Twitter @johnvirata 


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