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#MambaDay: The Last Time I Saw Kobe Bryant Play Live

December 19, 2014 will always have a special place in my Kobe fandom. It was his first game back in Los Angeles after having passed Michael Jordan on the all-time NBA scoring list. There was a celebratory vibe to Staples that night with ushers were handing out posters honoring Mamba’s accomplishment and people happy to see a relatively healthy Kobe after an aborted 2013-14 season that saw him play only a handful of games.

But most importantly, I finally got to watch a Laker game with my dad.

We’ve enjoyed Mamba’s antics regardless of whether the Lakers were good or bad; as long Kobe kept shooting and entertaining us, that was all that mattered. But our time watching Mamba together was always from home. I’ve been fortunate enough to catch more than a few Kobe games live, so being able to watch this one with my pops was special. I lucked out and found some box seats still available that day (note: I made sure with 100% certainty that Kobe was healthy and playing that night before buying) so in true “Filipino Time” fashion, we showed up midway through the first quarter as we tried to find our box.

Little did we Kobe would troll us by having one of the worst games of his career. That’s so Mamba of him to do and we loved every minute of it.

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Kobe wore a Nike Kobe 9 Elite PE on that day and because it seemed like the right thing to do, I wore my multicolor Nike Kobe 9 Elite Low. Hilariously, our kicks were as dope as his game was crap. Kobe would only score 9 points on 3-15 shooting. I’ve never been more entertained by a 3-15 shooting performance and to make things ever better, Russell Westbrook was on the other side doing Russell Westbrook things without having to deal with passing the ball to Kevin Durant (he was injured) in his Air Jordan 10 PE. One of my all-time favorite players facing off against my favorite current NBA player with little regard to shooting percentage. Good times, man.

Despite the terrible performance, Mamba still wanted to make up for it by giving us the chance to witness a buzzer beater in person. Don’t get me wrong, my dad and I had a great time watching Kobe and Russ, but to cap it off with a game-winner would have been an all-time moment. It was all lined up too as Kobe drove to the left like he had done thousands of times before, he creates enough space to take a tough, but not impossible, jumper that he had also made a thousand times before. Too bad he had to troll us again by missing it though. He got us, man…

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Thanks, Mamba…

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The Air Jordan 9 Low Black / White Is Dropping Soon

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Aside from the Nike Air Foamposite Pro University Red, another variation of the Air Jordan 9 Low will be arriving as well this weekend.

Sporting a timeless palette, black consists as its majority tone which covers the premium leather upper and tonal snakeskin textured overlays across the mudguard and heel. Continued towards the midsole and mesh tongue, the model receives subtle pops of red adorning the lining, heel, outsole and tongue tab via branding.

Finished off with a pristine outsole unit to cap off its respective composition, you can purchase a pair at select JB and Nike accounts starting April 16th for a retail price tag of $170.

Favorite our official Air Jordan 9 Low Black / White launch page now for all info regarding its release.

via: PS


Author’s Take

I usually don’t like this model in this cut, but it’s pretty appealing in this colorway. I wouldn’t mind purchasing a pair if it was at a lower price point. It’s still a solid offering though.


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#MambaDay: Nike Offers Complete Black Mamba Pack Signed By Kobe Bryant For Charity

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Are you like me and have totally missed out on the entire Nike Black Mamba pack that is a career retrospective on Kobe Bryant’s career? Wouldn’t you like the opportunity to make up for it by being able to purchase the complete pack in one sitting? And wouldn’t it be cool if they were all signed by Kobe and the proceeds went to charity? Does that sounds like something that interest you? Well, Nike has the eBay listing just for you.

Featuring the complete Black Mamba pack, each pair is signed by Kobe Bryant and authenticated by Panini Authentic, who has an exclusive autograph deal with Mamba and just recently launched their own Kobe tribute as well. What makes them even better is that each shoe is signed in gold.

If you’re itching to blow some cash for some amazing kicks and a good cause, head over to this listing page right now. Just be warned that you need pre-qualify first before you place a bid.

Source: Nike


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Watch Never Before Seen Footage Of Michael Jordans Sons Getting The First Ever Jordan Pack

Ever wonder what life was like growing up in the Jordan household with access to a seemingly unlimited amount of exclusive Jumpman merchandise? Nobody has better access than Michael Jordan’s son Marcus, who is getting ready to launch his Trophy Room boutique, a store inspired by Jordan’s trophy room in the family estate. In honor of the occasion, Marcus broke out some old family home videos that showcase the joy of opening a new pair of sneakers that anybody can relate to. The video showcases brief glimpses of the trophy room as well as the unboxing of the first ever Jordan Brand pack, the Jordan Camp 23 Pack. In the video, a young Marcus even calls for a 50/50 split featuring Carolina Blue, a release that would come to fruition later. Trophy Room will open in late Spring 2016 at Disney Springs in Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. Check out the exclusive video below.



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Nike To Auction Off Autographed Black Mamba Pack For Charity


Miss out on all or most of Nike’s Black Mamba collection? Here’s your chance to own every. single. pair.?and all signed by Kobe Bryant himself. The most epic Kobe sneaker collection ever auctioned, Nike is auctioning off all 13 pairs (not including the Hyperdunk, apparently) of the “Fade to Black” Kobe sneaker collection to benefit the Kobe and Vanessa Bryant Family Foundation. Bidding will last for three days, and just began at 12:00 PM EST.

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#MambaDay: Kobe Bryant Trolls The Fans One Last Time With The Conductor Commercial

If you could ask Kobe Bryant what he would like his final NBA act to look like, it would not be at the friendly and adoring confines of the Staples Center where everybody is cheering for him like a hero. Nope, he would want to be at an opposing team’s gym in his road purple jersey burying a game-winning shot over the outstretched arms of a hopeless defender. Basically it’s the scenario of “The Conductor”, Kobe’s last Nike commercial as an active NBA player.

Thankfully it’s not just a super-serious look at Kobe with super-serious background music, as it features cameos from teams that he has both tortured (Sacramento, Portland, etc.) and teams that have tortured him (Detroit, Boston, etc.) along with some surprises along the way. It really deserves a watch whether you love Kobe or can’t stand the guy. The only thing missing is a guitar and The Rock it’s that epic of a troll.

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Ewing Athletics To Unleash Two Stunning Releases Next Week

After some buzzworthy releases like the work-boot themed rendition and the Toronto-inspired All-Star affair, Ewing Athletics is ready to shift gears with more seasonally appropriate offerings. The brand started by the Georgetown legend puts forth two impressive offerings in the form of the flagship 33 Hi silhouette and the recently unearthed Image – the shoe Ewing wore at the ’94 NBA Finals. Both releases take on a stunning black/red look with the 33 Hi utilizing eye-catching color-blocking that elevates the Ewing logos with some pop. A sportier option is the Image, which features premium red suede uppers above a black outsole. The Ewing Athletics April 2016 Retro Collection officially releases on April 20th at select retailers as well as EwingAthletics.com at $120 per pair; check below for a crisp on-foot look at the two silhouettes and stay tuned for the latest updates on the Ewing brand.



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The Black Mamba Maestro: Watch Kobe Orchestrate A Symphony With All The Cheers And Boos

Kobe Bryant’s approach to the game is perhaps most underrated and undervalued talent. He was less about Xs and Os and more about picking apart defenses and strategically placing his troops on offense. Simply put, the man was less a shooting guard and more a maestro, and throughout his twenty year career he’s orchestrated all of the cheers, boos, and trash-talk to his advantage and came out with five NBA championships. In this final ad by Nike for The Black Mamba’s NBA career, Kobe Bryant plays the role of conductor pens a glorious symphony from all the jeers and hate he’s received through all his game-winners, with the takeaway message being this: No man can bring down Kobe Bryant. Check out the full video just ahead featuring appearances by Rasheed Wallace, Phil Jackson, and Paul Pier,ce and brace yourself for all the Mamba Day festivities as we approach his final game tonight against the Utah Jazz.



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Kobes Shoes Post-Retirement Nike Confirms Signature Shoes and Remastered Retros

Nike PR director Heidi Burgett just gave us a glimpse of what’s in store for Kobe Bryant’s Nike shoes once the clock strikes (approximately) midnight, and she confirms that not only will his signature line continue, but that the Retro category will surely blossom – some in “remastered” form. We’ve already been fortunate enough to receive the Prelude and Black Mamba Pack, so what else could be in store? Stay tuned for more updates on the post-retirement front and let us know what you think about this latest development.



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Nike Air Force 1 Low J Pack Royal Now Available

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Following a recent overview, the black/blue colorway of the Nike Air Force 1 Low J Pack has now arrived at retailers nationwide.

As its moniker suggests, the silhouette’s particular palette is essentially inspired by some of the most iconic finishes on the Air Jordan 1. Comprised of premium leather across its upper, black is utilized for inner lining, tongue, laces, portions of its side panels and along the forefoot, while the defining tone is implemented on the toe box, tongue tab, rear section, Swoosh branding and outsole.

Finished off with a clean white full-length midsole unit and perforations on the toe box for breathability, you can purchase this latest pair at select Nike stockists now for a retail price tag of $90.

via: NI


Author’s Take

You can’t go wrong with this silhouette. Especially in these Jordan-inspired colorways. I’m a fan of the colorway in general and these should be sought after.


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The Nike Air Force 1 Low J Pack Shadow Is Also Available

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In addition to the Royal Blue offering, this Black/Wolf Grey colorway from the Nike Air Force 1 Low J Pack has also arrived at retailers.

Essentially inspired by the original Air Jordan 1 Shadow, the model’s understated tone is prevalent across its premium leather upper. Black covers along its toe cap, side panels, tongue, laces and inner lining, while grey is implemented on the toe box, Swoosh branding, heel tab, rear section and outsole.

Finished off with a crisp white midsole unit and perforations on the toe to allow sufficient breathability, you can purchase a pair at select Nike accounts now for $90.

via: NI


Author’s Take

I’m a fan of the silhouette in general. This execution is pretty solid and should garner the attention it deserves. This colorway is the most versatile since it’s monochromatic.


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#MambaDay: NBA 2K17 Legend Edition Announced Featuring Kobe Bryant

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The celebration of all things Kobe is on now as 2K Sports dropped the biggest announcement of the day so far with the reveal of the Legend Edition of NBA 2K17 featuring none other than the Black Mamba. The Lakers legend and future Hall of Famer was previously the cover athlete of NBA 2K10, which also featured this “amazing” trailer.

Keeping with the love/hate theme of #MambaDay, the reveal trailer up top shows 2K fans both young, old and famous all talking that smack about Mamba. It doesn’t matter if they play as an old man on his final final legs or a young rookie shooting air balls in Utah, they will still bust his a**. And judging the totality of Mamba’s career, he wouldn’t have it any other way.

Available for preorder now at $79.99, the Legend Edition will feature the following bonus content:

Physical Items

  • Limited-edition Kobe poster
  • Two Kobe Panini trading cards
  • Black Mamba game controller skin

Digital Content

  • 30,000 Virtual Currency
  • MyTEAM Bundle + (includes 3 packs with guaranteed Kobe limited use card)
  • Nike Kobe 11 retirement shoes
  • Kobe #8 Mitchell and Ness jersey
  • Kobe hoodie

NBA 2K17 is scheduled to drop in September.

Source: Gamespot

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The Nike Air Foamposite Pro University Red Arrives This Weekend

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In only a few more days, fans will be able to purchase the classic Nike Air Foamposite Pro in University Red once again.

Originally making its debut in this colorway back in 2002, the popular basketball sneaker is essentially defined by its rugged and durable upper. Flaunting the eye-catching hue across the entire component, contrasting tonal black graces the laces, tongue, Swoosh branding, inner lining and outsole unit to cap off its respective palette.

Furthermore, the model is detailed with its signature carbon fiber shank and additional black/red accents on the pull tabs. Retailing for $230, you can purchase a pair at select Nike accounts starting April 16.

Head over to our official Nike Air Foamposite Pro University Red launch page now for all information regarding its release.

via: PS


Author’s Take

I haven?t purchased this silhouette in a while and this is tempting. I?ve always liked this model and especially in this colorway. I?m sure it?ll garner the attention it deserves.


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#MambaDay: Panini America Celebrates The Career Of Kobe Bryant With Special HeroVillain Set

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Longtime partners Kobe Bryant and Panini America are celebrating the career of The Black Mamba with an epic tribute trading card set. Dubbed the HeroVillain set, this box will feature three packs of cards that highlight the dichotomy of Kobe’s relationship with the fans that adore him or revile him. One pack will be a career retrospective that goes through the entire 20-year history of the Black Mamba in the NBA and another other pack will have him talking about those moments and others in his own words. The third pack will have special parallel versions with symbols that are intimately tied to Kobe’s career.

Of course, it wouldn’t be a Panini and Kobe joint if there weren’t autographs. Randomly inserted in these box sets will be rare signed versions of the entire set. You might want to buy more than one box set is what Panini is getting at if you want to chase those signatures.

The Kobe HeroVillain box set is available now for $50 at the Panini America store.

Source: Panini America Blog

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Look For This New Nike Flyknit Racer Multicolor

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Originally debuted in 2013, followed by a 2.0 release last year, the popular Nike Flyknit Racer Multicolor is scheduled to make another return this year, although with only a slight change to its appearance.

Essentially defined by its intricately knitted upper in vibrant shades of Blue Glow, Pink Flash, Volt and more, this 2016 version features a Grey-colored tongue, which was originally Black. Contrasting Black accents are applied on the Swoosh branding, laces, inner lining, midsole unit and outsole, while white is more prominent on the rear portion of its sole.

Although the silhouette has arrived at select Nike retailers nationwide, expect more availability in the coming days or weeks ahead. Stay tuned in to KicksOnFire for further updates.

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Author’s Take

I’m biased towards this silhouette. This colorway is surely one of its most sought after. I don’t mind the slight change to its tongue color.


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