Kobe Bryant wearing Nike Kobe 8 System Purple Gradient (5)

words // Brandon Richard

Last night, Kobe Bryant and the undermanned Los Angeles Lakers traveled to Houston to take on James Harden and the Houston Rockets. Losers of three-straight, the Lakers put their best effort forward, but were ultimately outplayed by a hot Rockets team clicking on all cylinders. Led by Harden's 31, 9 and 6, Houston cruised by LA 125-112. Kobe went for 20, 7 and 5.

Ahead of Tuesday night's game, Kobe let us know that he'd be wearing his "Purple Gradient" Kobe 8 System against the Rockets on Twitter, and then he went out and did just that. Below are a few game shots and several detailed photos of Kobe's kicks, which feature varying purple tones, silver accents, a speckled midsole and white outsole. Would you cop a pair if they drop?

Kobe Bryant wearing Nike Kobe 8 System Purple Gradient (7)

Kobe Bryant wearing Nike Kobe 8 System Purple Gradient (8)

Kobe Bryant wearing Nike Kobe 8 System Purple Gradient (9)

Kobe Bryant wearing Nike Kobe 8 System Purple Gradient (1)

Kobe Bryant wearing Nike Kobe 8 System Purple Gradient (2)

Kobe Bryant wearing Nike Kobe 8 System Purple Gradient (3)

Kobe Bryant wearing Nike Kobe 8 System Purple Gradient (4)

Kobe Bryant wearing Nike Kobe 8 System Purple Gradient (6)