Nike is making sure that Kobe Bryant’s final game is a memorable one not just him, but for sneakerheads as well.
So this is how the season ends for the Lakers—a team in disarray and playing for nothing. The 20-year-old rookie ostracized for airing out the business of the wannabe celebrity; the 37-year-old soon-to-be Hall of Famer playing out the string; the presumably lame-duck coach having lost control of basically everything and still spouting outdated theories. And this is all supposed to be attractive to free agents how?
20 years in the league. 1,338 games. And Kobe Bryant had never been spanked as thoroughly as he was last night in Utah. Los Angeles fell to 15-59 with their 123-75 loss. The bloated deficit also tied for the biggest beating the Lakers have ever taken in the history of their franchise, matching a game from March 2014 against the Clippers where Mamba didn’t play, as he was lucky enough to have fractured his knee.
When images of the latest Nike Kobe XIs surfaced it was thought to be an “Easter” colorway, but along with a set of official images it is now clear that they are not. The White/Multicolor sneakers are actually dubbed the Nike Kobe XI “4KB.”
Kobe Bryant continued to bestow farewell presents to notable NBA players and the Grizzlies’ Tony Allen was the latest to receive a pair of autographed Kobes.
During an interview with Jimmy Kimmel exactly one year ago today,Kobe Bryant talked about the influence that Michael Jackson had on him. According to Kobe, the other MJ used to talk to him about how he studied great musicians in order to propel himself to the heights that he eventually reached. Kobe told Kimmel that the King of Pop’s approach really resonated with him and showed him what he would need to do to be considered one of the best basketball players of all time. You can rewatch that Kimmel interview here:
Only 43 games into his rookie season, we’ve learned that Kristaps Porzingis can light up opponents just as easily as he can light up a cash register.