Lakers News: Kobe Bryant’s new Nike shoe unveiling was essentially a funeral


Kobe Bryant ended his playing career last year with a magical 60-point performance in the Los Angeles Lakers’ final game of the season. If the Lakers’ record of 17 wins guaranteed that Bryant wouldn’t come out “on top”, per se, but he ended it with a bang.

Nike declared the last day of Bryant’s career to be Mamba Day, and the whole event was seen as a religious experience for zealous Lakers fans celebrating the end of his career. As in every life, Bryant’s basketball life had to come to an end.

He finally had his funeral on Tuesday. Bryant and Nike hosted an event (aptly on Dia de los Muertos, aka Day of the Dead) to announce the release of his first new shoe since his basketball career ended, and it’s no exaggeration to say that this could have been the most spectacular shoe release of all time.

USA Today’s For the Win’s Alysha Tsuji was in the building, and calling the event a funeral wasn’t hyperbole. Looked:

Uhhhhh, is it time to ask if Kobe is okay? Like, the artwork and looks were cool and everything, but he’s not dead.

However, it fits with his newfound desire to tell dramatic stories, and no one can argue that Bryant isn’t as capable of showing off the field as he was.

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