DeMar DeRozan is tough, but can the Compton born shooting guard and Raptors star really carry on Kobe Bryant’s legacy by wearing his shoes?

DeRozan was inspired by and became Bryant’s biggest fan while watching Game 5 of the 1997 NBA Western Conference Semi-Finals when a young Kobe infamously airballed three or four straight shots in the game’s deciding moments.

That moment never fazed Kobe, and left an eight-year old DeRozan determined to escape the Compton streets.

DeRozan worked with Nike on the “Compton” AD with the memory of that game 5 in mind and credited the future Hall of Famer with influencing him.