Here’s a shoe that brings a nice ‘What If?’ story along with it. The Nike Zoom Kobe V is pictured above in a colourway that evokes the classic Charlotte Hornets jerseys. Perhaps *the* ’90s uniform, the Hornets switched up their palette upon moving to New Orleans around the turn of the century.
You’ve gotta wonder, if Kobe hadn’t been traded to the Lakers on Draft Day ’96, would the Charlotte Bobcats even exist? And if not, would Kobe have become the megastar we know today, especially without Shaq? And doesn’t that beg the question, if Kobe stayed in Charlotte, would he have ever even left adidas for Nike?! It’s enough to make your head hurt, but luckily the shoes themselves are a sight for sore eyes. Take a look at more photos after the jump and stick with Sneaker News for updates. via shop34078581