Kobe Bryant — Risks Most Valuable Hand … To Pet a LION!!!

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The fate of the Los Angeles Lakers rests in the hands of Kobe Bryant … which is why it might be concerning that his hands are near the mouth of A LIVE MAN-EATING LION!!!

Kobe faced down the king of the jungle at an L.A. studio today … during a commercial shoot for Turkish Airlines. Kobe”s a celebrity spokesman for the airline.

Check out the pics above … that”s Kobe sticking his right hand (his shooting hand, mind you) directly up to the lion”s mouth.

Fortunately, Kobe emerged without a scratch … and he”s lucky … “cause as everyone knows, big cats can be dangerous to humans. Just ask Adam Sandler …