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Kobe documentary + “good side” sneaker

June 10th, 2015 · 17 Comments

Do you remember young Kobe Bryant? 19 year old, high school to the NBA, taking Brandy to the prom, unstoppable, buzzer beating, throwing lobs to Shaq, pre-scandal Kobe Bryant?

I was in college in the early 2000s when Young Kobe was THE MAN. He was the best young player in the NBA, and clearly assuming the mantle as the best in the game when Michael Jordan started to show signs of mortality. Safe to say, I was a huge fan, and hugely disappointed when he was accused of rape in Colorado, while a married man and father no less.

Kobe went on to have a great career in basketball, but everyone outside of Lakers fans hates him. Problem is, as documented in the recently released film, Kobe Bryant’s Muse, his upbringing and psychology embraced this image.

I considered myself in this group of Kobe-haters, but his 2013 ATR and well-documented recovery recently gave me something to identify with. I think everyone on this site can relate to the Facebook post he wrote the night of his injury:

This is such BS! All the training and sacrifice just flew out the window with one step that I’ve done millions of times! The frustration is unbearable. The anger is rage. Why the hell did this happen ?!? Makes no damn sense. Now I’m supposed to come back from this and be the same player Or better at 35?!? How in the world am I supposed to do that?? I have NO CLUE. Do I have the consistent will to overcome this thing? Maybe I should break out the rocking chair and reminisce on the career that was. Maybe this is how my book ends. Maybe Father Time has defeated me…Then again maybe not! It’s 3:30am, my foot feels like dead weight, my head is spinning from the pain meds and I’m wide awake. Forgive my Venting but what’s the purpose of social media if I won’t bring it to you Real No Image?? Feels good to vent, let it out. To feel as if THIS is the WORST thing EVER! Because After ALL the venting, a real perspective sets in. There are far greater issues/challenges in the world then a torn achilles. Stop feeling sorry for yourself, find the silver lining and get to work with the same belief, same drive and same conviction as ever. One day, the beginning of a new career journey will commence. Today is NOT that day. “If you see me in a fight with a bear, prey for the bear”. Ive always loved that quote. Thats “mamba mentality” we don’t quit, we don’t cower, we don’t run. We endure and conquer. 

In the Muse documentary, Kobe is shown rehabbing his Achilles in Nike basketball sneakers he calls his “medical Mambas” (Kobe nicknamed himself the “black mamba” years ago). I went onto Nike’s website and promptly ordered myself this year’s model (Kobe X Elite “rose gold”):

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I think they look really cool! Note the red stitching signifying his ATR on the left side. From my first wearing, the shoe feels like a $200+ shoe, the upper stands noticeably tall, and it is extremely supportive of the ankle. One downside is the toebox is narrower than I normally like, reducing comfort, so I chose to remove the insole to free up some room. But the upper is pretty much an ankle brace built into the shoe; a welcome feature that provides pain relief and loads of stability to my barking “good side” Achilles.

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Once I start PWB, hopefully next Wed, I’ll try rocking these with EvenUps on my right, and my Vaco cast on my left - just like Kobe!

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