Today is a sad day, as we mourn the loss of one of the greatest basketball players to ever hit a NBA court. Kobe Bryant, 18x time All Star, 15x All-NBA, 12x All-Defensive, 2x Scoring Champ, 2007 MVP, 5x NBA Champ and a 2x Finals MVP, has died at 41.
Now, we take a look at the history of Kobe’s sneaker game and what he did in these sneakers that made them so special. From his rookie days in Adidas kicks, to his move to Nike where his ‘Mamba Mentality’ was born, to his last game where everything ‘Fades To Black.’
We will miss you Kobe, thank you for everything.
The Beginning: Adidas
Adidas Elevation EQT
In the 1996 NBA Draft, Kobe Bryant was selected with the 13th overall pick then immediately traded to the Los Angeles Lakers for Vlade Divac and thus his legacy was born. Kobe signed with Adidas and at 18 was given his first signature colorway on the Adidas Elevation EQT. In this sneaker, Kobe was named to the NBA All-Rookie Team and won the 1997 NBA Slam Dunk Contest.