December 4th, 2013 by John Kim
The most general schools of thought would suggest that a player at age thirty-five, one who just half a year ago suffered a season-ending injury, would be thinking of retirement. After all, Kobe has enough accolades for two, maybe three Hall of Famers of the American-born sport, but nothing is ever really enough for an athlete with such an intense (maybe excessive) competitive spirit. It goes without saying that Kobe is indeed a remarkable athlete – one that is yet to close the book that has been scripted so marvelously for nearly two decades. He just signed a two year extension with the Los Angeles Lakers, and as he nears 100% health, he’ll be ready to suit up in the chase for a sixth Championship ring in a brand new sneaker called the Nike Kobe 9.
Prior to getting back in action, Kobe Bryant, joined by Nike, unveiled the ninth signature shoe of the storied legacy . The path to his current god-like state has been one filled with major ups and downs, as he eloquently detailed by way of the Prelude (which luckily for his biggest fans, will release in sneaker form). It all culminates in the Nike Kobe 9 – a perfect mesh of Nike’s most forward-thinking design and finely crafted art. Today, Kobe played host, alongside Nike CEO Mark Parker and Nike Basketball Design VP Eric Avar to introduce the Kobe 9, at Los Angeles’ cherished Museum of Contemporary Art. This meeting of incredible minds was one that doesn’t happen very often, so enjoy this recap of this great event that Sneaker News got the opportunity to experience first-hand.
The Nike Kobe 9 Elite will release on February 8, 2014 with a retail price of $225.