Wednesday, February 3rd, 2010 at 10:30 am  |  58 responses

Kobe Bryant is Bruce Lee

Love the new colorway, Kob, but, um …. : “Nike Basketball has just unveiled several themed posters that tie into Kobe Bryant’s adoration for Bruce Lee, with the inspired-by colorway set to drop this Saturday at House Of Hoops and select Nike accounts nationwide. With a yellow synthetic base and black bonded overlays, this rendition also features hits of red and four iconic scratch marks along the lateral side of the shoe. For Kobe, the colorway is one of many that will be releasing that took direct influence from the people throughout history that he has looked up to. ‘We have some different people that have been inspirational to me,’ Kobe explained during an interview for Sole Collector’s upcoming Issue 32. ‘We all have had dreams, goals or aspirations, and have met resistance in one form or fashion. Those are people that I draw inspiration from, so we used those with the different colors of the shoe, [like] the Bruce Lee shoe.”’

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  • jazzman21

    bruce lee = legend will buy these shoes given the opportunity

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    somebody explain the significance of the colors before I jump to any conclusions.

  • http://www.slamonline.com/online/category/blogs/farmer-jones/ Ryan Jones

    Love him wearing the wedding ring. Really goes with the rest of his gear.

  • http://dsjfhklf.com Jukai

    Allen: Feel free to jump to conclusions. I originally thought the yellow represented Lee’s famous yellow track suit, but the red marks on the shoe are clearly suppose to be the cuts that Lee sustained in the movie “Enter the Dragon”
    Where Lee was shirtless…

  • BackInBlack

    i like kobe, but im not feeling his shoe this year. great motivational speeker though, it was very moving

  • BackInBlack

    i like kobe, but im not feeling his shoe this year. great motivational speeker though, it was very moving

  • ab_40

    those are some wack posters.

  • http://www.TheShoeGame.com G-Roc@TheShoeGame

    I actually like the Zoom Kobe V better than the Zoom Kobe IV.

  • http://www.slamonline.com James the Balla

    WOW, those shoes are dope. I love themed shoes. God damn, are we going to be able to buy these?

  • http://Www.lkz.ch/basket Darksaber

    Hahahaaa, was laughing my butt off at the posters yesterday when solecollector tweeted em. The shoe is quite cool, i must say, but Kob’s swinging em around like nunchuks??? Nyahahaha.

  • http://Www.lkz.ch/basket Darksaber

    Stiill don’t stand a chance against the White men can’t jump themed Hyperizes or the GI Joe one, but thats my own preference

  • MikeC.


  • http://www.slamonline.com/ niQ

    These are probably my fav colourways of the KOVE V’s.

  • http://slamonline.com Brad Long

    Those posters are hilariously corny. I may have to add one to the shrine.

  • http://www.addictedtobeauty.ca/ Kevin

    wackest posters/photos i’ve ever seen.. love the concept of bein inspired by Bruce Lee, but why he’s tryna look like him ahahahaahaha

  • http://www.another48minutes.com Gerard Himself

    Cool shoes, awful posters.

  • riggs

    effin blasphemy.

  • LA Huey

    I like the colors. The scratch was a nice idea but I the execution seems like a cheap afterthought. Sidney Deane Hyperize > Bruce Lee Kobe V

  • http://slamonline.com Spaceship Jay

    Did Kobe and Vanessa make these posters? Photoshop the acne at least. These pics are horrificly corny.

  • Kadavour

    little known fact about Kobe: He’s a Jeet-Kun-Do fiend. I think its appropriate. The shoe looks great.

  • Dale Wittig

    The yellow track suit was from Bruce Lee’s unfinished final film Game of Death. It’s the one where he fights Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. Anyway, the top definitely gets torn and as in any Bruce Lee fight sequence he ends up with plenty of scratches and I’m pretty sure shirtless.

  • http://www.realcavsfans.com Anton

    What a warrior, he even plays with scarred shoes.

  • http://theurbangriot.com/ NUPE

    Nice shoes – posters not so nice.

  • T-Money

    I love the idea but really could anyone besides Kobe wear these and not look whack?
    - Dude, what are these marks on your shoes
    - They represent Bruce Lee’s cuts in Enter the Dragon. Kobe loves Bruce Lee!
    - (Awkward Silence)
    I’m not even going to talk about the posters. I know Kobe is a control freak so he prolly pitched his own ideas for those. There’s no way that professionals came up with those.

  • http://www.thecomfortofyourseat.blogspot.com twahc

    well, it’s never enough to earn chinese’s money. :D

  • http://freeones.com jbn74sb

    Farmer Boy is jealous of the bling.

  • http://www.twitter.com/kelvinlee K. Lee

    Kobe Bryant = Bruce Lee
    Lebron James = Jackie Chan???

  • ciroqobama

    hahaha… Kobe’s a dork with posters like that.

  • memyselfand9

    just when you thought the muppet ads could save kobe from his corny image…

  • wayneo


  • http://www.twitter.com/Th3_R3al_Chris Th3_R3al_Chris

    I like it. Posters are dope.

  • http://www.slamonline.com/ niQ

    Are we going to expect another post on the Dark Knight Kobe’s?

  • cubes

    At least their still nicer than lebrons shoes. LBJs Shoes look like BOOT..HIKING BOOTS.

  • http://www.slamonline.com kh

    I like the shoes but those posters look like a grade 11 photoshop course year end projects. FAIL!

  • http://ww.kb24.com The Seed

    The hottest shoes on the market!!!

  • Light

    Since so many don’t seem to know, the four lines don’t just represent Lee’s Enter the Dragon movie but also Kobe’s 4 championships. Lol @ the posters though, very…quirky.

  • chintao

    Kobe has outdone himself with his jock-riding this time. What a culture vulture…. When creating shoes to trace his “influences” and “inspiration”, I’m a little surprised that he didn’t start with Michael Jordan. Oh wait, that guy already has some shoes commemorating his influence. C’est la vie. At least we can still look forward to Kobe shoes celebrating the likes of Nelson Mandela, Oprah, Harvey Milk, and Raymond Henry Garland.

  • Nathalie

    @K. Lee Lebron would = Jet Li….he like to blow s**t up…

  • nastierthanu

    Still the hottest ball poster of all time is the george gervin joint. The iceman cometh. So fly. Only old skool heads can feel me

  • therighttoremainsalient

    My cheap Nash BB Nike Zooms have a decent tear on them and the glue came unstuck, it was a themed shoe for when he nose butted Tony Parker and got all messed up.

  • JoeMaMa

    LeBron – Jackie Chan. Damon Jones – Chris Rock.
    Rush Hour – The one where no one touches the radio.

  • http://hoopistani.blogspot.com The Hoopistani

    that was awesome
    in enter the dragon, bruce lee once said, “you need to hit, without hitting.”
    maybe kobe should take heed from that (gasol will definately appreciate it) – learn to score without shooting (too damn much)?

  • Nashty

    seems to me like a marketing stunt to appeal to the chinese customers…..

  • 6marjons

    the shoes aint that bad, what idiot publicist decided to let him do those posters though

  • Jalepino Sausage

    Bron is Chuck Norris domb ass & everybody knows no one can f#(k with him. Not even Mr Lee Himself. Woed

  • J

    nice shoes super corny posters.

  • Bruce Lee

    @Jalepino Sausage – No, Bruce Lee taught Chuck Norris. In fact, there would be no Chuck Norris without Bruce Lee. Go on youtube, search, and you’ll see Bruce destroy Chuck, both in a movie and in real life. Get your facts straight.

  • http://dsjfhklf.com Jukai

    Bruce Lee: First off, pretty sure Jalepino Sausage was making a joke. Secondly, Chuck Norris was a world renowned Karate expert before he trained in Jeet Kune Do with Lee. Obviously, Bruce Lee improved Norris drastically, but Norris would still be a champion without Lee.

  • fatjeansince’88


  • jay

    other limited cw’s in sole collector..holla. we better get the aston martin cw ..that is all i am saying…

  • Bruce Lee

    Jukai: Come on, if you know that much, you’d know that Bruce Lee revolutionized martial arts in USA in the 70′s. Before Bruce Lee and his movies, America thought of eastern martial arts as nothing but a “Pow, Smack, Crunch!” that they’d see in Batman. It was a joke to them.

    Yes, Chuck Norris was great in Karate. But the influence and impact that Bruce left in America is something, not even Chuck Norris alone could do. Bruce was ridiculous; speed, strength, stamina were off the charts.

  • Bruce Lee

    Oh yeah, if you’ve trained before. Trust me, I’ve fought pro (no bs). Karate does NOT work. The #1 thing, always protect your face/jaw like boxers (like you are on a telephone). Karate stance leaves you open to get knocked out. #2 Karate doesn’t utilize [Force = Mass X Acceleration], their power kicks aren’t as devastating as for example, Muay Thai. You want to use your legs like a baseball bat. Open the hips and use the lower part of the shin to strike. You could break your foot or let your opponent control your leg if you do that side-kick nonsense. FYI.

  • http://dsjfhklf.com Jukai

    Bruce Lee: Sorry, could you tell Lyoto Machida, light-heavyweight UFC champion, that his Shotokan Karate doesn’t work? Because his 15-0 record would beg to differ.

  • Bruce Lee

    Jukai: Funny part is I’ve met Lyoto. Cool guy, however, he doesn’t ONLY do Karate which defeats your argument. His punches that he throws are Boxing/Muay Thai techniques. AND if you knew the difference you’d know what I meant. That’s one person too. Can you name others? Bas Rutten was influenced by Bruce Lee, but he knew what was effective and not effective. Karate has the right ideas, just horrible, horrible technique. If you use Karate, there’s soooo many flaws—attack front leg till he put power behind punches…etc. To be a champion in MMA, you’ve got to know everything. Go look up a video where Royce Gracie battles a Karate expert that calls him out. You’ll see how they clash and who wins. I’d say the two have credibility to represent each arts.

  • Bruce Lee

    …here’s the vid: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uEm-SVGlJrg . Karate does not work, against someone who really knows how to fight. Karate will work on someone who doesn’t know how to fight. Sad but true.

  • chintao

    Kobe doesn’t know how to fight. Youtube Chris Childs.

  • Bruce Lee


    “Kobe doesn’t know to fight”…physically he has the strength to but the man was born a basketball player not a boxer…mentally…HELL YEAH he can fight. If his whole life was dedicated to boxing, he put boxing or martial arts, he could probably do it. He’s a CHAMPION.

    Funny how Chris Childs basketball career is forgotten. No one even thinks about him except Kobe haters. Since you assume Kobe can’t fight. Can you? Friendly advice: think before you speak. Especially if you can’t back it up.

  • magicmic

    too bad Kobe doesn’t have ankle insurance, so much for low cut kicks! lol