The Los Angeles Lakers will retire Kobe Bryant’s No. 8 and 24 jerseys tonight at Staples Center. This would be the first time Kobe Bryant has appeared in a Lakers game since his retirement.
Due to this historic event, Nike Basketball and the NBA have created exclusive apparel and products to commemorate this highly awaited event. We was able to get our hands on the shirts that were initially released on Lakersstore.com, but quickly sold out online. Thankfully, we heard that these shirts appeared in stores such as Foot Locker and Champs Sports and picked them right up.
All three shirts are Dri-Fit and beautifully designs with simple logos and representation of Kobe Bryant’s career. You can check out each in our video below. If you were interested on purchasing the shirts or other apparel, visit Lakersstore.com or your local Foot Locker House of Hoops. Not sure if these are exclusively available on the West coast as we have heard it isn’t around in the East coast stores.
The Nike Kobe A.D. continues to lead the league as the most worn sneaker in the league. Not only do Lakers players Kyle Kuzma, Julius Randle, and Josh Hart rep Lakers Nation, but other players like John Wall, Andrew Igoudala, and DeMar DeRozan as well. With that said, Nike Basketball will be paying tribute to the Black Mamba with this exclusive Kobe A.D. model for the jersey retirement ceremony.
Hosting the Golden State Warriors on December 18, the Lakers will have the five-time champion, Kobe Bryant in the house as they his No. 8 and No 24 jerseys in the rafters. This historic will have much attention of the world and as a result, Nike Basketball has decided to drop a unique “Black Mamba” theme jersey and sneaker combination.
Paying homage to his alter ego “The Black Mamba”, this theme sports a simple Black and Yellow combo. The Nike Kobe A.D. Mid will have “Black Mamba” etched out on the tongue with a snakeskin pattern on the upper. To contrast, Nike brings back the Gold Yellow/Del-Sol to the Swoosh, outsole, and insole.
This Nike Kobe A.D. is accompanied by the Lakers Nike jersey as their first “City Pack” releasing on December 23 joined by the KD 10 and LeBron 15 and ultimately other signature models. Stay tuned here for more information for release and pricing as it becomes available.