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Jordan Brand Just Gave Kobe Bryant The Whole Air Jordan Collection

A fitting farewell gift to a man who has spawned his own share of iconic kicks.
by Neps Firmalan | Feb 15, 2016
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Kobe Bryant has been showered with love and gifts in his farewell tour both by the NBA and the companies he has worked with throughout the years. Jordan Brand though may have given the Black Mamba the best present so far.

With Bryant synonymous to basketball excellence and iconic sneakers, Jordan Brand—a subsidiary of Nike—gifted the legendary Laker with all the 30 pairs that comprise the popular Air Jordan line. Certainly a fitting present to a man who has spawned his own share of iconic kicks.

Jordan Brand President Larry Miller gave Bryant the insane retirement gift during the Jordan Brand All-Star party on Saturday in Toronto, Canada. "The Jordan Brand is about more than basketball, it’s about leaving a legacy and honoring those who have left a legacy," Miller said. "Tonight the brand was able to honor one of the game’s great players and the legacy that he created."

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Each shoe in the collection came in Bryant's size (14) and with a white colorway, including the Air Jordan III and Air Jordan VIII which he wore during the 2002-03 season.

A matching set in black—also 30 pairs—was auctioned off for charity, with the proceeds (a total of $240,100 or around P11.4 million) going to Jordan Wings Initiative and the Kobe and Vanessa Bryant Family Foundation.

 

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