Before Kobe Bryant would accomplish one of the most storied careers in NBA history, the future all-time was…traded. The infamous draft night swap that sent Kobe Bryant, the 13th overall selection out of Lower Merion H.S. in June of 1996, from the Charlotte Hornets to the Los Angeles Lakers would plant the fruitful seed that would later sprout a dynasty of five NBA championships. So while the purple and gold lifted five banners during that span, the thirteen teams that passed on the Black Mamba would be metaphorically kicking themselves while wondering just how different the futures of their respective franchises would’ve been.
Nike touched on this key moment in history with a series of colorways dubbed “Draft Day”, dressing up Kobe’s signature shoes in the Hornets colors of white, purple, and teal. But UNDEFEATED extends that story by creating two distinct colorways of the Kobe 5 Protro, forever cementing this important piece in Kobe history and thirteen different “What If?” scenarios.