As we just touched on, had Kobe chosen to give NCAA basketball a try, Duke would have more than likely been his school of choice, playing under the tutelage of Coach Krzyzewski with whom he won a gold medal at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. Life is full of ironies wouldn’t you say?
With Duke obviously being a Nike sponsored university, the ballin Blue Devils were awarded with their own special colorway of the Nike Zoom Kobe V, which we all saw on full display during the team’s incredible run to Coach K’s fourth National Championship as head coach, defeating Butler in March Madness’ final game.
This ‘Duke’ edition ZKB V comes with all the trimmings befitting a National Championship basketball squad. The Flywire is enclosed within glossy blue side panels, imprinted with reptile skin pattern, which we can also see on the forefoot. The inner lining, tongue, laces (with black speckles) and outsole are also dressed to impress in classic Duke blue. Black accents can be seen through the heel end of the shoe, external skin and tongue while white explores the Swoosh logo and midsole. There are slight hints of silver as well on the Sheath and Swoosh border.
There will clearly never be any valid argument that Kobe made the “wrong choice” in taking the leap of faith right into the NBA, but it’s always fun to imagine exactly how his game would have meshed with Coach K’s highly team-oriented philosophy. Personally, I’d have to say that incredible offensive talents like Kobe can actually have their game take a few steps back by playing under the isolation restrictions of college basketball and as we’ve seen over the last 14 years, the last thing you would ever want to go is restrain the Black Mamba.
JUMP: Nike Zoom Kobe V ‘USC’
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