Jay and Kobe Bryant worked together on a charity project for Sprite in 2011, where Jay composed a song for a commercial featuring him and Kobe. There was also a celebrity basketball match held in Shanghai to raise funds for underprivileged youth in China.
I posted the vids in my link on Jay Loves: BASKETBALL! (see below)
The commercial is cheekily cute, with Jay slam-dunking with the aid of a skateboard!
However, that was not the end of things as the two of them once again got together earlier this year in LA as a follow-up to that successful collaboration, with both 'issuing challenges' to each other, to compete in the fields of music and basketball!
The vid below is too cute for words!
It's the run-up to the Jay-Kobe showdown on stage.
In it, Jay starts by reminding Kobe about their match last year when he(Jay) slam-dunked in the winning shot by using his skateboard...and that everybody witnessed it!
Kobe claims he had an off-day and wants a rematch. :))
Then the host tells Jay Kobe is going to surprise him. :)))
Next vid is an interview where Jay mentions about Kobe playing b'ball with them in Shanghai, like he was playing with kids...lol!
And Jay hopes the NBA will use the song he wrote and sang with Kobe last year. :))
LOVE this angle of Jay....can see his adorable left-cheek DIMPLE clearly!!! *swoon*
Here's the commercial:
The BTS of the commercial:
Nice pics of this commercial:
The grand finale to all this was the celebrity basketball match held in Shanghai just last week:
News article from Jay Chou Studio:
Another link about this event from China Daily:
Jay sang Exclamation Mark at the event....loved his ball-handling!
The vid of the whole match:
And a message from Kobe himself!
"The Sprite China 2nd Annual Charity Basketball game was a ton of fun. We played two 15 min halves with a running clock. I watched from the bench for the first half. We were trailing by 9 when I was notified that fans via text can choose a t...eam to add 20 additional points to their tally!!! We were now down 29!! I wanted to play it cool but what the heck, the place was packed with fans who’d sang an early happy birthday to me and really wanted to watch me go to work. My teammates were down. They are all singers/actors and do not play ball much AT ALL, but they are very successful at what they do hence they are VERY competitive. They asked if I could bring them back in the second half..
I didn't want to disappoint them or the fans that had paid their hard earned money for a show so I took the challenge of really using the second half as a training session for my stamina. I ran and ran and ran. I wound up scoring 68 in the 2nd and we won. Like I said, they are not basketball players by any stretch of the imagination. I was just having fun with all of them and loved hearing the crowd enjoy the show we put on.
They performed some of their number 1 hits. We took pics and signed autographs. I believe we raised 2.6MM RMB for underprivileged youth here in China! That is the MOST important number of the night. Sprite, one of my sponsors, hosted the game. They carry a great message of self-expression: Don't be afraid to be who you are -- by doing, so that you will find your own path and your own greatness as you define it.
Here’s my pic with Jay Chou. For those who might not know he is a HUGE star in China and we have done several China based commercials and events together. He is THE beast of his field.
Tomorrow is my last day in China then it's back home for some much needed rest :-)
Much love. Mamba"
Some nice pics from the event:
Jay vs Kobe on court:
Whose are bigger??? Jay can't help showing off his newly-developed biceps...lol!!
AH HA!! Fnally we get a close-up of Mr Chou's ABs!!! WOW!!! @@
Lookee who's shooting a penalty...wonder if he got the three points??
Awww...one is King of the Court, the other is King of Mandopop...love these two fellas lots!!!