Kobe Bryant’s impact on basketball and sneakers will always be felt. The Lakers legend left sidekicks in the NBA, WNBA and leagues around the world. One of the current players carrying on Bryant’s legacy is Devin Booker.
During Bryant’s final season, he signed a pair of Nike Kobe 11s for the Phoenix Suns guard and left the message “Be Legendary” on the special shoes. After Bryant’s tragic passing, Booker got the message tattooed on his arm and wrote it on his shoes.
Today, Booker revealed on his Instagram account that he will be one of NBA 2K23’s cover athletes (another is Michael Jordan). The Nike Kobe 4 Protro features prominently on Booker’s cover with the message “Be Legendary” prominently displayed to fans.
It’s no secret that the Kobe 4 Protro is one of Booker’s favorite pairs of shoes. The Kobe 4 was originally released in 2008, and a revamped version dubbed the “Protro” (performance + retro) was discontinued in 2019. Booker wore the updated shoes during the regular season and 2021 NBA Finals games.
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The purple colorway that Booker loves so much is a gamer exclusive. This means that it is not a general release readily available for purchase. Nike specially customized the sneakers for Booker himself.
Congratulations to Booker for the achievement. Adorning the cover of any version of the NBA 2K video game franchise is no small feat. Add to that the nod to his mentor, Bryant, and it makes for a legendary moment. Stay locked in FanNation Kicks for the latest news, updates, and interviews.
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