Nike Basketball and Kobe Bryant are paying tribute to the unique flavor New Orleans (or N’awlins, as the locals say) with their three-part NOLA Gumbo League Collection. Just as the savory dish, the Nike Kobe 9 Elite Maestro get an eclectic make-over, featuring a mix of characters, music, cuisine, and art that drive life in the Big Easy. Add in a pinch of Nike technical innovation, and a dash of aesthetic flair, and you’re left with a simmering pot of Black Mamba stew. While the LeBron 11 “Gator King and the KD VI “Illusion” pay tribute to other New Orleans staples, the Kobe 9 recognizes the great jazz musicians who play by feel and improvisation, just like KB does on the court. To that effect, the high-top features brass accents in the upper and a glow in the dark outsole that pops at night, just as the jazz clubs swing into action. This piece, just as the other two, will be served up on Nike.com along with a commemorative tarot card and special edition box beginning February 14, all in time for the 2014 NBA All-Star Game.
Release Date: February 14, 2014 (Friday)