by Brandon Richard

A disappointing season lies ahead for Kobe Bryant, whose Los Angeles Lakers fell to 0-2 last night in Phoenix. While the former 'Lake Show' works their way toward the top of next year's lottery, Bryant will at least be taking the court in some pretty fresh Player Exclusives.

As seen in Sole Watch, Bryant went with a purple-based colorway of the high-top Nike Kobe 9 Elite. The look was offset by metallic silver branding, red heel stitching, a black midsole and grey outsole.

Are these better than the 'Michael Jackson' low-top? Check out a few zoom-ins below and let us know what you think.

Kobe Bryant wearing Nike Kobe 9 Elite Purple (1)

Kobe Bryant wearing Nike Kobe 9 Elite Purple (2)

Kobe Bryant wearing Nike Kobe 9 Elite Purple (6)

Kobe Bryant wearing Nike Kobe 9 Elite Purple (3)

Kobe Bryant wearing Nike Kobe 9 Elite Purple (4)

Kobe Bryant wearing Nike Kobe 9 Elite Purple (5)

images via Mark J. Rebllas for USA Today Sports