Update: Kobe Bryant in UAE for Health and Fitness Weekend

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The Black Mamba is coming to UAE! Kobe Bryant himself will be in Abu Dhabi and Dubai to run a skills clinic and to coach a celebrity team in an exhibition game at the state-of-art Knights Arena at the American University in Dubai.

Dubbed as The Kobe Bryant Health and Fitness Weekend, the event is an advocacy to support Diabetes Awareness Initiatives. (Learn more about the event here)

I am so looking forward to the celebrity basketball exhibition game. Kobe Bryant's team includes Virgin Radio presenters Kris Fade and Brent Black, international rappers / RnB artists Soulja Boy and Marques Houston and the only lady among them all, TAG 91.1 RJ Chikay.  They will be pitted against the Real Madrid basketball legends. Click here for the full lineups.  I've heard that Kobe will use a wireless mic as he coach so the crowd would hear the instructions and strategies of coach Black Mamba on the game - fun!

Kobe is expected to talk about the importance of health & fitness and take questions from the audience during halftime. But known for his surprises, Kobe might consider suiting up for a few minutes for some showtime. Might. After all, this is his first visit in the region so might as well wow the crowd. So crowd, prepare the Kobe! Kobe! Kobe! chants okay...

Imagine this happens: Kelly Herndon inbounds the ball to Soulja Boy, drives to the basket and finds the bulky Kris Fade. He sets up the towering Brent Black at the post and passes the ball to Chikay who lobs a 360-degrees alley-hoop to Kobe Bryant!!! Crowd goes wild... just imagine.

But then, the black mamba is still recovering from injury and is actually still doubtful to play at the start of the NBA season. :( So forget the fantasy play. I'd rather see him healthy at the start of the season.

In an invitational in the Philippines, he surprisingly suited up for a team he is only 'supposed to coach' ;-)

Tickets can be purchased at Timeout Tickets or in store at Virgin Megastores in Abu Dhabi and Dubai. Click here to get ticket details  

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