words // Nick Engvall
Coming off of his rookie season as the first high school guard to be drafted straight into the NBA, Kobe Bryant already had an All-NBA Rookie Team award on his resume and a Slam Dunk Contest title. The second year of Kobe’s career was a coming out of sorts. He landed his first appearance in the NBA All-Star game in 1998, which was filled with high-flying alley-oops and finished with Kobe putting up 18 points in the box score, second only to the game’s MVP, Michael Jordan, who had 23 points.
The game was not only a stepping stone for Kobe’s superstardom but it also helped launch a long and successful line of special edition Kobe shoes. adidas setup Bryant with a special makeup colorway of one of his first signature shoes, the Crazy 8. The adidas Crazy 8 has since become one of the most popular basketball shoes for adidas over the last decade or so, returning in retro form on occasion, most recently with a handful of colorways, including one worn by Derrick Rose. However, the colorway from the 1998 All-Star Game, a Black version detailed with Lakers Purple and Gold accents, has remained locked away in adidas’ history. This fall the All-Star colorway will release amidst a handful of unique color combos from adidas Basketball.