PORTLAND, Oregon — Nike honored future NBA Hall of Famer and Lakers great, Kobe Bryant with Commemorative Kobe Bryant Black Mamba Air Force 1 in celebration of his illustrious 20-year career: number retirement. Rather than retiring a single number, the Black Mamba will have both his 8 and 24 jerseys enshrined — making him one of a select group of athletes who have two jerseys retired, and the only player with two numbers retired with a single team. They also rolled out new commercials featuring him and Lebron James.
Kobe Bryannt has won five titles with the Lakers franchise and an MVP award; twice he led the league in scoring and nine times he was named a member of the All-NBA defensive first team. He’s also the Lakers all-time leader in regular season games played (1,346), points scored (33,643) and three-pointers made.
The Nike Air Force 1 Low Premium iD (Los Angeles Lakers) will be available from Nike.com at tipoff of tonight’s Lakers vs. Warriors game, approximately 7:30 pm PT.