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Friday, June 4th, 2010 at 5:39 pm  |  9 responses

Toe To Toe: Kobe Bryant

Two big Finals Game 1s. Which one is the bigger sneaker victory?

by Chris O’Leary/@olearychris

“That’s it?”

There’s nothing worse than going all out for someone — your boss, your coach … maybe your girlfriend? — and seeing that telling look that silently drops those two devastating words on you. Nice try, thanks for coming out, but that’s not good enough.

It is, however, kind of different when you’re the one asking the question. That’s where I found myself Thursday night, watching Kobe Bryant as he stepped onto the court to take part in the seventh NBA Finals of his career (damn). 

The question actually came to mind before Game 1 had started. Pics of the shoes Kobe would be wearing made their way through the sneaker blogosphere earlier this week. And while I’m a fan of the Zoom Kobe V, the white/gold colorway that Kobe rocked Thursday night was a little disappointing. Especially when you compare it to what he wore in Game 1 of the Finals a year ago against Orlando.

If you put the two shoes and Kobe’s play in both games up against one another the winner is clear, in my mind, at least. Sure, a Lakers-Celtics Final is a better pairing than Orlando-L.A. was a year ago but from an aesthetics and numbers point of view, well, you know. Check it out.

Thursday night, Kobe went for 30, seven rebounds and six assists in a 102-89 win while wearing some pretty pedestrian-looking shoes, compared to what he’s worn all year.

A year ago, Kobe had 40-8-8 in a 100-75 Game 1 win in a much better looking customized version of the Zoom Kobe IV.

Overall, I wouldn’t trade what’s in front of us for one game of the ’09 Finals. I am missing the kicks, though.

NBA/FINALSKobe Finals 09

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  • Jake

    They don’t pop out enough for me…

  • http://slamonline.com JL

    30-7-6 was popping enough for me

  • jumpman3224

    I love it. They reinforce that Mamba is all about getting that gold trophy.

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  • http://www.slamonline.com J

    i like the V more.

  • mytiman

    The harder choice would be Kobe IV Finals Away vs Kobe V Big Stage Away (Which we’ll probably see this upcoming Game 3)

  • deano

    I definitely like the IV’s more, the V’s took time to grow on me but when I first saw them I hated them, especially that lime greenish, pink sparkles cw the first released. Them Finals Kobe IV’s were MAJOR, love them kicks, these are clean to but just not memorable, definitely agree with the author

  • http://www.runffm.com The Ballatician / runffm.com

    This year’s colorway does look real classy.
    But Sheed was killin’ it with his all green AF1′s…

  • LD

    “nothing else matters”

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