Top 10 Kobe Bryant Sneaker Performances

Lakers at Knicks (2009)


For whatever reason, great players like Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant seem to love playing under the extra-bright lights of Madison Square Garden in New York City. MJ dropped 55 on the Knicks wearing #45 during his comeback season and for Kobe, his opportunity to hijack the MSG crowd came in 2009 when the Lakers were on their annual Grammy road trip. They had just lost Andrew Bynum to a knee injury for the second season in a row and with the Lakers’ title hopes (and redemption) looking much too bleak, Kobe showed why he deserved to hear “MVP!” chants directed at him within the confines of one of basketball’s most historic arenas.

Wilson Chandler did his best to stay in front of the Black Mamba as did the rest of his Knicks teammates, but on that day, there was no room for mercy as Kobe lit up the Garden for 61 points, breaking Bernard King’s record for points scored in a single game by any player in the building. The Nike Zoom Kobe VI Del Sol undoubtedly felt a major boost in popularity following this offensive outburst.

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