Kobe Bryant has only played in 41 games since the 2012-13 season after being marred by devastating injuries over the past two years. Despite the setbacks, Kobe is gearing up for his 20th season as a Laker in an attempt to chase that elusive sixth ring as his career winds down. Since tearing his Achilles in the final game of the 2012-13 season, whispers of his demise have turned into deafening screams as most of the sports world is already counting out Kobe and the Lakers. Everyone except Kobe.
Despite Father Time calling his name, Bryant remains one of the premier faces in the NBA–both domestically and globally. While out in China over the summer, Kobe got the rock star treatment and was swarmed by adoring fans everywhere he went. As a sneaker endorser, the 5-time NBA champion remains one of Nike’s biggest athletes and continues to push his signature sneakers, most recently the Kobe X. Today, the latest hyped colorway of this sneaker is dropping at Champs Sports. For the first time since the Mamba’s eighth sig, the “Mambacurial” is set to return. Sporting pink accents on a Flyknit upper of black and grey, this low-top silhouette is set to turn heads while playing off of Bryant’s longstanding love for soccer.
Kobe’s sneaker history is as distinguished as nearly any player in NBA history. Bursting onto the scene as an 18-year-old rookie, Kobe won the ‘97 dunk contest in a clean pair of the adidas EQT Elevation. From then on, Bean was blessed with his own signature sneaker with adidas until the ‘02-03 season when he bolted from the Three-Stripes and had one of the most epic free agency sneaker seasons ever. Kobe linked up with Nike before the ‘03-04 season and the rest is history.
While his sneaker history has been well-documented, here are 10 Things You Didn’t Know About Kobe Bryant’s Sneakers.
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