The basketball world is still healing from the tragic loss of Kobe , his daughter Gigi Bryant, and seven other victims on the morning of January 26th, but with Kobe Bryant’s induction into the Basketball Hall of Fame on May 15th, we’re blessed with another opportunity to not only celebrate Laker’s legendary career, but also be grateful for the first time we were able to experience his magic. The tears will flow, but there will also be some relief in the form of laughter, as host Michael Jordan surely has a few jokes up his sleeve as he honors the five-time champion as he is introduced to class.
It seems that with the Kobe 6 Protro, Nike has planned a tribute to both father and daughter in the form of the Kobe 6 Protro “Mamba Forever”. Instead of the classic gold and purple Lakers, this black / white / gold color scheme actually reflects the colors of Kobe’s Mamba Sports Academy (later renamed the Mamba & Mambacita Sports Foundation), a post-retirement venture that Kobe dedicated to educating and encouraging youth through playing basketball. Gigi Bryant’s # 2 jersey features gold trim on the heel, and snakeskin motif extends to the inner lining. The photographs presented here may also be used to determine the size of the primary school.
Regarding the discontinued partnership between Nike and the Kobe Bryant estate, we are confident that negotiations are ongoing and that a lifetime contract between the two is more than likely. In the meantime, look at the photos ahead and stay tuned for releases; They are expected to fall this summer.