Lakers star Kobe Bryant has gotten one impressive retirement gift from Michael Jordan.
The Jordan Brand gave Bryant a full set of the sneakers released so far in the Air Jordan line — 30 pairs in all. The gift was presented early Saturday at the Jordan Brand All-Star party, which Bryant attended.
The Jordan Brand is about more than basketball, it’s about leaving a legacy and honoring those who have left a legacy,” Jordan Brand president Larry Miller said. “Tonight the brand was able to honor one of the game’s great players and the legacy he created.”
The Lakers’ star took on all questions during his news conference before the All-Star Game, sharing his views on many topics. He is expecting limited minutes in his last midseason exhibition. Included in the set are purple-and-gold versions of the Air Jordan III and Air Jordan VIII — the two shoes that Bryant wore during the 2002-03 season.
Bryant, an 18-time All-Star who is retiring after this season, received the 30 pairs of white shoes in his size 14.
An alternate set of shoes — in black, also size 14 — was auctioned off on eBay for charity with an opening bid of $100,000. The auction ended Sunday at noon ET.
Now that’s a retirement gift!!!
(Source Cowan: Black Media Scoop)