Nick Young and Kobe Bryant have a history that goes deeper than just being teammates. When Bryant sidelined during the 2013-14 season, it was Young that stepped in to debut Kobe’s ninth signature sneaker on court. As one of the league’s biggest sneakerheads, it was the perfect opportunity for Young, who’s never had his own signature model, to pay tribute to his teammate.
It’s something that Young continues to do even this day, despite changing sneaker brands earlier this season. In fact, securing pairs from Bryant’s original signature line was one of Young’s first orders of business after signing to adidas. “I asked for the old Kobes and all that,” Young told us.
He went on to explain that his while his love for the old adidas Kobes and paying tribute to his teammate during his final season go hand in hand, there is one thing he isn’t going to do. “I’m scared to ask him to sign some adidas,” Young laughed. “But I brought in some old Nikes for him to sign.”