It’s been an eventful week for Kobe Bryant. On Tuesday, Bryant returned to practice with the Lakers and managed to scrimmage for around 45 minutes, which is a huge step on the Mamba’s long road to recovery. He’s been out of action for almost eight months, and the 9-9 Los Angeles Lakers would certainly benefit from having Bryant back in the rotation. With the sneaker world currently abuzz over the unveiling of his latest signature shoe, the Nike Kobe 9, things appear to be looking up for Kobe Bryant.
On December 6, 2000, Kobe Bryant was in his fifth professional season and adjusting to recent Los Angeles Lakers shifts that included the arrival of center Shaquille O’Neal and coach Phil Jackson. The Lakers headed north to take on the Golden State Warriors, who were led by a young Antawn Jamison and Larry Hughes. As the Warriors powered to a 125-122 win, both Jamison and Kobe Bryant exploded offensively with 51 points apiece. This marked just the third time in NBA history that two opposing players scored 50 or more points in a game, and was the first time since the days of Wilt Chamberlain in 1962.
During this unforgettable performance, Kobe Bryant wore one of his most unconventional signature shoes, the adidas Kobe 1. With a foam-based upper and a nearly seamless design, these unique kicks drew mixed reactions from consumers during their original and retro releases. Looking back, what do you think of the adidas Kobe 1? How does it compare to his latest and greatest?