#KobeWeek: 5 Kobe Sneaker Moments We Wish Would’ve Happened

2. Kobe Bryant Debuts the Nike Kobe IX Elite


Kobe Bryant was back from the April 2013 Achilles tendon tear, but at this point in time he was nursing a different injury. Instead of waiting for him to return, Kobe and Nike elected Nick Young to debut his then-new Kobe 9 Elite in a game against the Miami Heat towards the end of January. It’s cool that Young got a chance to debut the Mamba’s new kicks at the time, but it still would have been nice to see Kobe be the first to wear the high-top sneakers.

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