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Kobe Bryant receives Air Jordan shoes as a retirement gift from Michael Jordan

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Kobe Bryant's retirement tour with the LA Lakers may not be going as well as he would have liked, as the team currently sits on an 11-44 record and in 15th position in the Western Conference.

However, things were given a boost for him when his West side defeated the East side 196-173 at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Canada last night.

Bryant has been receiving some great retirement gifts all season, and NBA legend Michael Jordan gave him a very nice present before the game took place this past weekend as well.

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Jordan gave Bryant 30 pairs of Air Jordan shoes. 15 white, and 15 black.

The white pairs of the Air Jordan's (I through XXX) were given to Kobe, including the Air Jordan III and Air Jordan VIII, which Bryant wore during the 2002-03 season, which had a white, purple and gold trim.

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The black pairs (in Bryant's shoe size of US14) also had the AJ III and AJ VIII with purple and gold, but those weren't given to Bryant. Instead, they were auctioned off by Nike to eBay For Charity for one lucky fan.

The collection was sold for $240,100, and the proceeds will be split between the Jordan Wings Initiative and the KVBFF.

The Jordan Brand President Larry Miller said about the gift, according to Nike: “The Jordan Brand is about more than basketball, it’s about leaving a legacy and honoring those who have left a legacy. Tonight the brand was able to honor one of the games great players and the legacy he created.”

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