The Kobe Bryant lovefest was in full effect during the NBA All-Star Weekend in Toronto.
Whether it was his Western Conference teammates stopping their practice to watch a Kobe retrospective on the Jumbotron or Drake wearing a “Farewell Mamba” leather jacket, the league pulled out all the stops to send the Los Angeles Laker off right in his final All-Star appearance.
The Jordan Brand got in on the action as well. While Kobe was never officially a Jordan athlete, he did wear Air Jordans during the 2002-03 season after his endorsement deal with Adidas ended and before his Nike one became official. So the brand celebrated his incredible career by presenting Kobe with a complete set of every Air Jordan, I through XXX. Each of the sneakers were in an all-white colorway except for the III and VIII, which featured the Lakers’ purple and gold, to commemorate the times that Kobe wore them on the court.
In addition to the one-of-a-kind set that Kobe received, Jordan also auctioned off an all-black set of Air Jordans to benefit the Jordan Wings charity initiative and the Kobe & Vanessa Bryant Family Foundation. The black set, which included purple and gold versions of the Air Jordan III and VIII, went for a whopping $240,100 on eBay.
The winning bidder’s identity was not revealed. On eBay, it says only that the user name was “o—j.”
Kobe, who wore a Northern Lights inspired version of his 11th Nike signature sneaker during the All-Star game in which he scored 10 points, has said that he plans to continue to design sneakers with the Swoosh after his playing career ends.
See pictures of the white and black versions of the Air Jordan III and VIII below.