Last season, the young athletes of the Los Angeles Lakers had frequently been in disagreement with their coach, Byron Scott. Kobe Bryant’s retirement this 2015–16 NBA season further impaired their performance. Fortunately, the Lakers now have a new head coach in the form of Luke Walton, who himself has played for the Lakers as a reserve player, so he will likely relate better to the athletes he will be coaching. Kobe may have retired from the sport, but his connection with Jordan Brand and Nike will live on. Apparently that is why this latest, upcoming colorway of the Air Jordan 9 is inspired by the Los Angeles Lakers.
Even in his retirement, Kobe Bryant did his best to lead the Los Angeles Lakers. This season, the Los Angeles Lakers needed to rebuild themselves, but development time was somewhat averted and delayed because of Kobe Bryant’s farewell tour, which is understandable. It was after all, Kobe’s time and he undeniably deserved it. Of course, the Lakers will now be able to continue with their rebuilding process in the current post-Kobe Bryant era. Regardless, Jordan Brand has apparently decided to homage to both Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers with this brand new Air Jordan 9 iteration that will be among November 2016’s Jordan releases.
Despite being referred to as the Air Jordan 9 Kobe Bryant PE, will reportedly be indeed arriving at retailers during the 2016 Holiday Season. These latest photos make it obvious that this Air Jordan 9 rendition is dressed up in the team colors of the Los Angeles Lakers. Thus, its predominantly plain White leather uppers are covered in Purple-colored patent leather overlays, while the same Purple hue also makes an appearance over the inner linings, midsoles and tongues. The branding featured on the tongues and all of the “Jumpman” logos appear to be dressed up in Yellow. Last but not least, each of the heels also sports a circular “Jumpman” globe badge and the number “23,” both in Yellow as well.
It seems that Jordan Brand’s lists of Jordan release for this year’s Holiday Season just keeps on growing. With this Air Jordan 9 Kobe Bryant PE officially added to that list, sneakerheads can expect to cop a pair at a price of $190 when it hits the shelves on November 19th.
Air Jordan 9 “Kobe Bryant” PE
Release Date: November 19th, 2016
302370-121 | $190