National car ads with basketball stars are the tip of the iceberg. Many crimes against acting have been committed by very tall men in autos of all stripes.
Way back in 2008, Los Angeles Lakers' shooting guard Kobe Bryant created a minor uproar with a viral video filmed and released by Nike. In it, the 16-time NBA all-star vaulted a moving Aston Martin. The promotional plug of the whole thing was that Bryant's ups were courtesy of his new Nikes, although he later admitted that "Hollywood" had a big part in the video.
Kobe Bryant showed up at UNDFTD this week to kick off the release of Nike's new McFly Hyperdunks. The McFlys are Back to the Future-themed basketball shoes, with a color scheme inspired by the shoes Michael J. Fox wore in Back to the Future II. They come complete with "2015" emblazoned on the right shoe's tongue, while the left one features the BTTF arrow logos. Kobe showed up at the completely-mobbed event in -- what else -- a DeLorean done up just like Doc Brown's movie car. The perennial All-
Ferrari reportedly offered F1 driver Michael Schumacher a HUGE $86.6 million check to stick around through 2008, which, if true, makes Mike the highest paid sports figure on the planet. If Schumacher cashes the check he'll be beating himself out for the title (he's already the highest paid sportsman).