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Kobe Bryant To Wear Grinch Shoes On Christmas Against Heat

The Los Angeles Lakers playing on Christmas has become an annual tradition, and this year Kobe Bryant will bring the gift...of Christmas spirit? When the Lakers host LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and the Miami Heat on December 25, the 11th straight year the Lakers have played on Christmas Day, Bryant will be wearing brand new shoes. Kobe wearing new shoes on Christmas is not a new phenomenon, but this year's model has a twist, with a Christmas theme.

As the Lakers try to ruin Christmas for the Heat -- although Miami's 8-6 start is getting the ball rolling in that regard -- Kobe will be dressed in style with some Grinch-themed shoes. The new Zoom Kobe VI Christmas are lime green and varsity red, true Christmas colors in honor the classic film. The shoes can be yours for the low, low price of $259.99 per pair, per MarqueeSole.com.

It will be hard for James or Wade to guard Kobe on Christmas when they are busy concentrating on these bad boys (images per MarqueeSole.com):

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Tipoff on Christmas Day at Staples Center is 2 p.m. PST. There is no need to adjust the color on your television sets.

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