TRIBUTE TO KOBE BRYANT
Tradition mandates that when one of the greats of a generation retires, the world comes out to recognise their accomplishments and pay tribute to the way they played the game. With this custom in mind, the Jordan Brand honoured Kobe Bryant and his career in a way that only the legendary brand could do. At a ceremony in Toronto, it presented the player with a one-of-a-kind gift: a full set of the Air Jordan line (I to XXX) in brilliant white. The highlights of the set were the Air Jordan III and Air Jordan VIII, which Bryant wore during the 2002–2003 season, in the white, purple and gold colours that have defined his career.
When Jordan Brand President Larry Miller presented the gift to Bryant, it was accompanied by an alternative full set of the Air Jordan line in black. Again, the brand paid tribute to the two shoes Bryant wore during his career and popped the AJ III and AJ VIII with purple and gold. The differences between the two sets don't stop there. While the white set will undoubtedly be featured in Bryant's home, the second set can be featured in yours. The Jordan Brand announced tonight that the black set of Air Jordans (in Bryant's size: UK13) will be auctioned off via eBay For Charity to a lucky fan. The auction will kick off on Saturday, 13 February, at 4:00pm (GMT) and conclude on Sunday, 14 February, at 4:00pm (GMT).