Nike has labeled April 13th “Mamba Day” in celebration of Kobe Bryant’s last game of his career. They’re dropping commemorative shoes and will surely have more product for your consumption as the day rolls around.
They have also released a great video with their signature athletes (and others, including Phil Jackson) talking about Kobe, telling stories, and describing him in a single word. It’s a great clip. Check it out below.
— Nike Basketball (@nikebasketball) April 10, 2016
There’s only 3 games left in Kobe’s career, including today’s machup with the Rockets. Kobe and the Lakers can play spoiler one last time today — a Lakers’ win eliminates the Rockets from the playoffs — and again on the 13th against the Jazz where a win could mean disrupting playoff seeding.
A disappointing season has tarnished Kobe’s last run through the league, but as the clip above notes, it’s done little to affect his legacy or how he’ll be remembered. Whether they loved him or hated him, his peers, both in and out of basketball, respected his approach to the game and the accomplishments that path traveled produced.