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Nike Kobe Bryant

Following a hit-or-miss run with adidas — most of us are still trying to wipe the KOBE TWO from our memories — Lakers king Kobe Bryant jumped ship to Nike and has been prospering in the sneaker department ever since. From the inaugural Nike Zoom Air Huarache 2K4 to the recent Nike Kobe 9 Elite, the biggest factor in his signature series has been footwear innovation. Season after season, each sneaker in the line has boosted the agility and overall performance of the Black Mamba’s in-game hustle, making him the closest successor to M.J.’s sneaker legacy next to another current “King” of the court.

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