Everyone knows Kobe Bryant’s nickname: The Black Mamba. Now, thanks to a collaboration with Nike, the Los Angeles Lakers have decided to take honoring the recently retired athlete one step further — by designing an entire jersey based on his nickname. The Lakers revealed their new snakeskin themed "city edition" alternate jersey on Wednesday, which wouldn’t have been possible without the man himself. "The snake came to me immediately," Bryant told ESPN’s senior writer Zach Lowe in an interview. "It came to me so fast, I was thinking, 'This can't be that easy. This idea is not going to work.' I spent months trying to talk myself out of it. But in the end, simplicity always wins." Nike had other ideas, but once the Mamba’s mind was made up, that was the end of discussion. "We talked about playing off the weather and the sunset, all this gimmicky shit," Bryant told Lowe. "But it all felt like trying to talk ourselves out of the simplest idea. In the end, you have to get right to the truth of it." The jerseys include a few cool additions: An "LA 24" on the belt buckle, along with the numbers 8 and 24 under the flap of the shorts. Also, eight stars are placed on each leg of the shorts. Any Lakers fan will tell you the symbolism — 16 stars for 16 championships.
Here’s How Kobe Bryant Helped Nike Create the Black Mamba Lakers Jersey
Complex | Dec 29