March 7, 2012 BY John Kim
If you’ve been keeping up with Lakers basketball post-All Star Weekend, you’d notice that Kobe’s shoes aren’t the only thing that’s transforming. After fracturing his nose at the hands of rival Dwyane Wade (although, Kobe wouldn’t say Wade is a rival), the Black Mamba was forced to wear a protective mask during games as a preventative measure, and even three games in, it seems that Kobe hasn’t found a mask that fits him just right, because just last night, Kobe sported a new face-mask – an unintentional ‘Away’ black mask that made him appear less like a basketball player and more like Kato from the Green Hornet series.
While Kobe is now on ‘Attask Masked’ mode, we’ll have to wait a little longer until the official debut of the Nike Zoom Kobe VII Elite, which features full-length Zoom Air, carbon fiber heel counters, and a retrograde design element in the snake-skin upper. A look at the new box also reveals a slide-out construction in a newly detailed exterior, featuring carbon fiber print and gold detailing. We’ll have some more detailed images for you soon, but check out these new images below and keep in mind the April 20th debut of the Elite. via hoopchina
Nike Zoom Kobe VII Elite
Black/Metallic Gold-Dark Grey