We have dubbed 2016 The Season Of Kobe, paying homage to a living legend’s last season and his influence on basketball and its players.
Kobe is the last of a dying breed. His work ethic is unmatched. His competitive drive is second to none. His intensity is unparalleled. I mean, when will we ever see another player score 81 points in a game, or score 50+ points in four straight games like Bryant did in ’07? When will we see another player come back onto the court to shoot two free throws after rupturing his Achilles?
At the end of the day, he’ll go down as not only one of the greatest basketball players of all-time, but one of the greatest athletes of all-time. His unrelenting determination is what makes Kobe an Eastbay athlete. As a thank you to all of our Eastbay athletes, we’ll be giving away a custom, one-of-a-kind pair of Kobe 11s in our Season Of Kobe Sweeps. (Stay tuned for more information as the rules have yet to be determined.)
As the year goes on, we’ll celebrate different athletes, tie them back to Kobe, and look at how their careers were influenced by him. Only the greats shape the game of basketball, and Kobe has changed the game forever — he will be sincerely missed.