Kobe Bryant in the Nike Zoom Kobe 2

Today in Performance Sneaker History: Kobe Bryant Scores 50 in 3 Straight Games Wearing Nike Zoom Kobe 2

Only four players in NBA history have gone three straight games scoring at least fifty points: Elgin Baylor, Wilt Chamberlain, Michael Jordan, and Kobe Bryant. On March 22, 2007, Bryant became the fourth player to pull off this feat when he dropped 60 on the Memphis Grizzlies. Known as an offensive powerhouse for the entirety of his career, this was Kobe's most successful streak of scoring.

During the '06-07 season, Bryant was laced in the Nike Zoom Kobe 2. Designed by Ken Link, this model featured a lightweight single-layer construction, which can be seen as somewhat of a precursor to Nike's current approach. Nike Free technology was tweaked and utilized along with the Nike Considered concept. Much like the Air Jordan XX3, the Nike Zoom Kobe 2 was completely stitched together instead of bound with chemical adhesives. The chunky midsole was meant to provide extra lateral support and protection, while Zoom Air units were placed in both the heel and forefoot for cushioning. Unfortunately, the Nike Zoom Kobe 2 hasn't been on shelves since it's 2006 release, but an eventual retro run of the Kobe signature line is inevitable.

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