For his final game, a home matchup against the Utah Jazz at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Nike confirmed Bryant would wear a black-and-gold iteration of his latest signature shoe, the Kobe 11.
According to Nike, starting today, some of the brand’s sponsored athletes around the world will wear black and gold shoes as a nod to Bryant and his legendary career that’s coming to an end. Nike confirmed that more than 200 athletes would be sporting black and gold for the basketball superstar. The Nike athletes paying tribute to Bryant include golf pro Rory McIlroy, baseball star Mike Trout and soccer standout Carli Lloyd.
In March, Nike unveiled the Black Mamba pack, a collection of all 11 of his signature shoes as well as two associated with Bryant, the Huarache 2K4 and the original Hyperdunk from 2008.
Bryant is a five-time NBA champion, a two-time NBA Finals MVP, and he was named the NBA MVP in 2008. The 37-year-old is the Los Angeles Lakers’ all-time leading scorer.