A little more than a year ago, Isaiah Thomas' 22-year old sister Chyna tragically passed away following a car accident. Though getting back to peak form on the court has been tough for Thomas since injuring his hip during last year's playoffs, the memory of his sidekick and best friend continues to motivate that glow grind on the road to recovery.
Last night, Thomas took to Instagram to share a thoughtful gift from his friends at Nike—a new Kobe A.D. Mid PE inspired by Chyna. The shoes bear a black and yellow butterfly graphic print, along with Chyna's name embroidered on the back of the tongue. Other details include iridescent branding and an icy translucent sole.
These will likely never be available to the public, but serve as a reminder that the game is the game and there are far more important things in life than winning and losing.