This KOBE A.D. DeRozan PE is inspired by DeMar DeRozan’s memory of watching Kobe Bryant play against Utah in the 1997 playoffs. Bryant’s “airball game” taught the legend how to deal with adversity and showed DeRozan that resilience was key to success on court.
The date of the memory, May 12, 1997, is featured on the shoe’s lace tips. A picture of the street that DeRozan grew up in Compton is featured on the sockliner. Finally, the Kobe logo, DNA symbol and signature on the heel tabs follow the color scheme of Bryant’s “airball game” opponent.
The shoe releases April 12 from SNKRS.