words_Nick Engvall

In the summer of 1996, the NBA Draft took place in East Rutherford New Jersey. On that day, one of the greatest selections of basketball players ever made the move into professional basketball. Although at the time, it was Allen Iverson that landed at the top of the list, today as the now Hornets organization can tell you, Kobe Bryant stands alone at the top of that list. Back then, Kobe was chosen as the 13th pick in the NBA Draft by the Charlotte Hornets, and then traded to the Los Angeles Lakers. Kobe’s accomplishments with the Lakers are immeasurable and seem to have no end in sight, but what if he hadn’t been traded by the Hornets?

Nike Basketball has an idea, and now they’ve made it available to you with the Zoom Kobe V Draft Day Hornets colorway. Kobe’s abilities and competitiveness on the court would have likely landed him on top of the NBA even if he hadn’t been traded. With this colorway, Nike applies the Orion Blue and Varsity Purple of what might have been, onto the latest version of signature Kobe shoes.

Available now: Nike Zoom Kobe V Draft Day Hornets

Nike Zoom Kobe V Draft Day Hornets