Nike announces the final instalment of the Kobe 11 Muse Pack sneakers

Published 1 Comments

Football News

Kobe Bryant may have played his final ever NBA game - and went out in dazzling fashion - but his mainstream influence doesn't appear to be waning one little bit.

When Kobe waltzed off the court following an unbelievable 60-point haul against the Utah Jazz in April, many people started to wonder what arguably the greatest Laker of all-time would do with himself.

While the 18-time All-Star and five time NBA champion has remained committed to his production company Kobe Inc., the Black Mamba is making his presence felt in other areas, too. Namely, with sneakers.

Have your say on GiveMeSport - NBA by taking part in our survey here:

Nike have announced the release of the final instalment of the Kobe 11 Muse Pack and it comes directly from Nike president and CEO Mark Parker.

Kobe and Parker first worked together in 2003, when Kobe singed with Nike and appeared in the Nike Huarache 2K4, a shoe designed by Eric Avar, Tinker Hatfield and Parker. The final Muse Pack sneaker comes from Parker’s desire to build on the legendary Black Mamba mantra.

Sports Illustrated have reported that nods to the black mamba snake appear throughout, from a new Flyknit pattern to the laces, tongue and even the shoe’s underbelly.

Kobe says he’s thankful for Parker’s desire to grow and learn. “Even though he has a large business to run,” Kobe says, “Mark still takes time to mentor me.”

The first sneaker in the three-shoe pack is the KOBE 11 Avar Muse, which is targeted at nature and the great outdoors. The shoe features crafted details, like a leather patch on the right heel printed with a philosophy that Avar and Bryant share: “I see beauty in the struggle.” insist that the shoe’s blue hues represent the sky and water seen from the California summit, while the taupe collar lining and outsole mimic the textured granite formation below.

With two more shoes yet to debut, Nike will be hoping to capitalise on the wildly successful Kobe Bryant brand even after he's dropped his final bucket. We'll keep you posted as soon as the other two incarnations are released.

Life after basketball

The career-long Laker filled for the 'Black Mamba' trademark earlier this month and founded Kobe Studios as an extended arm of his Kobe Inc. company.

Vino has insisted he is still getting up early to work out and keep himself busy, even in retirement. Just one day after his incredible retirement game, Kobe got up, worked out and was in his office for 8:30am.

The Lakers have the second overall draft pick this summer and have a ton of cap space to try and replace Kobe at the Staples Center, but, truth be told, they may never find another Black Mamba.

Eastern Conference
NBA Finals
Kobe Bryant
LA Lakers
Pacific Division
Western Conference
NBA Playoffs

Article Comments

Read more

Report author of article

Please let us know if you believe this article is in violation of our editorial policy, please only report articles for one of the following reasons.

Report author


This article has been written by a member of the GiveMeSport Writing Academy and does not represent the views of or SportsNewMedia. The views and opinions expressed are solely that of the author credited at the top of this article. and SportsNewMedia do not take any responsibility for the content of its contributors.

Want more content like this?

Like our GiveMeSport Facebook Page and you will get this directly to you.

Already Subscribed to Facebook, don't ask me again

Follow GiveMeSport on Twitter and you will get this directly to you.

Already Following, don't ask me again

Like our GiveMeSport - NBA Page and you will get this directly to you.

Already Subscribed to G+, don't ask me again