In the first rematch game against their 2009 NBA Finals opponent, the Orlando Magic, Kobe Bryant and many of his teammates took it upon themselves to pay tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., one of the most iconic figures in American history, on January 18, 2010. They did so with much help from Nike, who crafted a special slick colorway of the Nike Zoom Kobe V in honor of the momentous occasion.
The bulk of the upper is decked out in a dark grey/silver with touches of black, green and orange. The black accents trim out the Swoosh logo, the midsole, the inner sleeve, the Sheath insignia, the heel cap and the tongue/laces, which are speckled with hints of silver. The outsole is translucent green and orange highlights Kobe’s signature on the heel cap as well as the inner lining of the tongue.
After letting the lead slip away in the third quarter and falling behind, the Lakers’ bench made special plays on what is always a special day, ending the game with a combined 42 points with 22 of them coming from supersub, Shannon Brown, who is a very big supporter of the Nike Zoom Kobe V.
While the ‘Martin Luther King Jr.’ colorway has not surfaced beyond the confines of the Lakers’ locker room and what is surely a very secure Nike storage facility, I definitely wish we could all have a chance to get our hands on a pair of these tribute kicks.
JUMP: Nike Zoom Kobe V ‘Inline’
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