Kobe Bryant

Today in NBA Sneaker History: Kobe Bryant Drops 39 Points on Milwaukee in the Nike Zoom Kobe IV

Since his return on December 8, Kobe Bryant has been doing his best to shake off the rust from his absence. After a rough start, Bryant led the Lakers to their first win since his comeback on Saturday against the Charlotte Bobcats. Kobe had 21 points, and for the first time in a while, looked something like his old self out there. Tonight, the Lakers travel to Atlanta to take on the 12-12 Hawks. Los Angeles comes into tonight’s game at 11-12, so tonight’s game has all the makings of a closely contested battle.

Four years ago today, the Lakers escaped with a 107-106 win over the Milwaukee Bucks thanks to a huge night from Kobe Bryant and teammate Pau Gasol. During the December 16, 2009 encounter, Kobe had 39 points, 7 rebounds, and 4 assists to lead LA in scoring. Gasol also turned in big numbers with a 26 point, 22 rebound double-double. If both guys can muster this level of play again tonight, it should be an easy W for the Lakers.

For the 2009-10 season, Kobe was laced in the Nike Zoom Kobe IV. This Eric Avar-designed model was notable for being the first Bryant sig to employ a low-cut profile. If you’re interested in owning a piece of history, the Zoom Kobe IV will be released in the coming weeks as part of the Nike Kobe Prelude Pack.

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