February 11, 2010 BY John Kim
Come mid-February, Kobe Bryant will have entered his twelfth NBA All-Star Game: considering Kobe’s health, training regiment, and innate ability to dominate a game, Kobe appears to have at least another five years of All-Star basketball left in him. He’s quite the anomaly; Kobe is arguably the best player in the game, and has been for a number of years, yet outside of Los Angeles, he hasn’t experienced a wide embrace. For whatever reason that may be (his supposed arrogance as a rookie, the scandal in Denver, the feud with Shaq), to some, it wasn’t very easy to necessarily like the dude.
It was only recently that Kobe started to appeal to the “haters”; he’s been slowly but surely regaining his role as an icon outside of the game of basketball. Regardless of the public’s opinion or whatever else people may perceive about him, Kobe has been hands-down the best shooting-guard in the league since MJ’s retirement in ’98. Let’s take a look at what he wore during his last eleven All-Star Game appearances, and you’ll see his recent Nike Kobe line, adidas Signatures, and a sneaker-head favorite (Hint: it’s a Jordan!).
If you happened to miss it, check out our LeBron James All-Star Sneaker Retrospective and tell us which player had the better kicks!