As a testament to one of the greatest athletes in pro hoops history, the Los Angeles Lakers retired Kobe Bryant's jerseys, both No. 8 and No. 24. The ceremony took place during the halftime of the team's game against the Golden State Warriors at the Staples Center.
In his 20 season career, Kobe Bryant led the Lakers to five championships, three while wearing No. 8 and two while wearing No. 24.
The notable event brought on tributes from fans, athletes, and brands alike. Nike took the lead and launched a limited edition sneaker during the night of the Lakers-Golden State Warriors game to honor the basketball legend. Known as the Nike Air Force 1 Low Premium iD (Los Angeles Lakers), the all black sneaker features a full Mamba textured upper. As contrast, the Swoosh was outlined with thick embroidery in team’s yellow colorway. To solidify Nike’s tribute, the number 8 and 24 can be found at the heel notch, Bryant’s printed autograph on its purple insole, and 16 stars on the tongue tag to commemorate the Lakers championship. Unfortunately, the pairs were sold out from Nike.com instantaneously. But you can still find them floating around online.
For the meantime, take a closer look at our Nike Vault Zoom Kobe VI 1 Year Anniversary shoe review.