words & image // Zack Schlemmer

While we continue to wait for Kobe to come back this NBA season, let's take a look at a young, 19-year-old Mamba in an ad for the adidas Top Ten 2000.  It's almost unbelievable now, but there was once a time when Kobe's abilities were still in question.  Every concern posed in this ad has been answered now with a resounding "YES" (well, except the college one).  In some cases, multiple times. 

After much anticipation, a look at Kobe's ninth shoe with Nike has finally been leaked, but let's go waaay back to where it all began in one of his first ads ever - before he even had an adidas signature shoe -  wearing the Feet You Wear classic Top Ten 2000.