Kobe Bryant has always loved playing in the NBA All-Star Game. One of my fondest memories of a young Mamba came during the 2001 midseason classic when, amidst a nationwide love affair with Allen Iverson, Bryant nearly shut the league up himself by making a couple of impossible fadeaways in the final minutes of a close game, all of them in Dikembe Mutombo‘s mug, every one of them the type of shot that no one else in the game would even attempt, let alone make.
With Bryant sitting out this year’s NBA All-Star Game because of his recent rotator cuff surgery, it’s as good a time as ever to take a look at his history in the main event.
I love Kobe’s game more than anyone and I’ll never doubt the man’s fire and determination. But it’s something everyone is wondering now: Will we ever see the Mamba in the All-Star Game again? It’s a viable question, considering he’ll be 37 years old next season in what’ll likely be his last year.
From his second year in the league when he made the All-Star Game as a sixth man for the Lakers to his most recent healthy appearance in 2013, no one’s had a bigger impact than KB. Bryant and Bob Pettit are the only two players in history to win the MVP of this game four times, and Bryant is also the game’s all-time leading scorer. (Sorry, Michael.) His legacy will also include the sneakers. From adidas to Nike, the man has consistently brought the heat.
Before the “5 a.m.” colorway of the Nike Kobe X drops this weekend at Champs Sports, and with the newly-revealed All-Star colorway of the shoe coming soon after, make sure you’re up on game. Here is A History of Kobe Bryant’s NBA All-Star Sneakers.
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