For Game 1 of the NBA Finals, Kobe wore a new colorway of his signature Nike Zoom Kobe V sneaker dubbed the “Big Stage.” Last night in Boston he debuted the away version of the sneaker. The sneaker features a black upper with gold accents. The show pays a tribute to Kobe’s spectacular season and career.
The meaning is in the details.
To make plays, Kobe had to be in the game.
73 times – for 2835 minutes, through aching joints and broken bones – Kobe gave the Lakers everything he had.
By season’s end, Kobe accumulated:
• 391 rebounds
• 365 assists
• 113 steals
Along the way Kobe picked up his 12th All-Star nomination and a place at the top of an all-time Lakers list: on February 1, 2010 Kobe hit 25,207 on his career points odometer – more than anyone who’s every worn the purple and gold.
By averaging 27.0 points per game on the year, Kobe gave himself a little breathing room, shooting his career total to 25,970. The details are in the shoe.