The late Hall of Famer Kobe Bryant wore this pair of Nike sneakers during Game 4 of the Western Conference semifinals against the Houston Rockets on May 10, 2009, a 99-87 loss for the Lakers at the Toyota Center in Houston. Bryant scored 15 points, adding 5 assists and 2 rebounds, as the Rockets tied the best-of-seven series at two games, apiece. These sneakers have been photo matched to the May 10, 2009 game by Sports Investors Authentication.
The former Lower Merion High School standout led the Lakers to their fifth NBA title under his tutelage in 2009-10, defeating the rivaled Boston Celtics in a thrilling and seminal seven-game Finals series. Bryant claimed his second Bill Russell Finals MVP trophy after averaging 28.6 points and 8.0 rebounds per game in the season’s capstone series.
The offered size 14 Nike Zoom Air flow-top sneakers are primarily black, with a purple midsole and gold accents. Purple and gold Nike Swooshes are applied to both sides of the shoes, while Bryant’s personal logo is featured on both tongues in gold. Kobe's number "24" is recessed on the heels, with Bryant’s facsimile signature in gold on the outside of the right heel. The soles are purple and yellow. Bryant has signed the outside of both shoes in silver marker and inscribed "5-10-09" on the left shoe. These sneakers also have "5/10" handwritten in silver marker on the bottom of each arch. The sneakers come with a hologram from Panini (PA10414) for the game use and signatures, along with a LOA from Sports Investors Authentication, who have photo matched these sneakers.