On Dec. 18, the Los Angeles Lakers will retire both of the jersey numbers worn by Kobe Bryant during his legendary career. To celebrate the Black Mamba's legacy, we are taking a look back at 10 of the best non-signature PEs he wore on the NBA hardwood.
Bryant is synonymous with Nike Basketball. His 12-signature shoe catalog, which continues to expand beyond his retirement, consists of many memorable models and pairs. Bryant's Adidas line early in his career has done the same, creating some of Adidas' most memorable basketball silhouettes that are still celebrated with retro releases to this day.
Despite having two signature lines with the two biggest sneaker companies, Bryant's Lakers-colored player exclusives are also among the best to ever grace the court. Mostly worn during his 2002-03 season of sneaker free agency, Kobe laced up anything and everything he could before inking his Nike signature deal. Whether it was Nike's latest performance model, a classic Air Jordan, or even Reebok's most iconic basketball shoe, Kobe always rocked the best. While some of the former exclusives eventually made their way to retail, other pairs are still grail status pairs for many.
Here are the 10 best non-signature models worn by Kobe Bryant throughout his career.