Check out this pair of commemorative Kobe Zoom IVs, designed to celebrate the day the Hornets traded Kobe Bean Bryant to the Lakers for Vlade Divac.
Here’s what The Basketball Jones had to say about the kicks:
Nike has continued this “tribute” trend with their release of the Zoom Kobe IV in a Charlotte Hornets colorway with the 6.11.96 (the date they traded Kobe away) engraved on the back. I guess this is to pay tribute to the Charlotte Hornets making one of the biggest draft day bungles ever when they traded the draft rights to Kobe Bryant to the Lakers for Vlade Divac. Why you gotta do that to Nike? That’s just wrong.
If Kobe’s your favorite current player, it’s just so right. On the other hand, if the Hornets would have kept Kobe, they’d still probably be in Charlotte. Charlotte has another team, so who cares. All I know is that this had to be the deal of the 20th century. Three rings and working on a fourth says it is.
(hat tip: kixandthecity)