Kobe Bryant tributes seen around the NBA — The Undefeated

Throughout what has been an undoubtedly tough week for the NBA family, players around the league have looked to honor the late Kobe Bryant in a variety of ways, through both their arena entry outfits and their sneakers.

From stars such as Kyrie Irving, Donovan Mitchell and P.J. Tucker to younger players who looked up to Bryant as their childhood idol, a full spectrum of tributes was spotted leaguewide. Though Bryant was most associated with Nike throughout most of his career, his initial six-year stint with Adidas inspired tributes from current Three stripes athletes such as Mitchell, Trae Young and Zach LaVine. We also saw players from all brands look to honor the Lakers legend.

A month ago, Stephen Curry and several of his fellow athletes under the collective Under Armour and Curry Brand umbrella told their favorite memories of Bryant and inspiration points to artist Dez Customz, who hand-painted a series of custom sneakers they each planned to wear this week.

Curry’s pair celebrated the pride he shared with Bryant in raising his daughters, under a #GirlDad theme that saw each depicted on the side of the shoe. Philadelphia 76ers guard Seth Curry, who shares an Aug. 23 birthday with Bryant, wanted to honor the Philly native’s roots at Lower Merion High School with a gray and maroon design. Both Damion Lee and Kent Bazemore each wore Bryant tribute sneakers, featuring portraits of Bryant and his daughter Gianna on the side of their pairs of the Curry Flow 8.

“It’s an ode to a man that transcended the game for a lot of players that are playing in this era,” said Bazemore. “He was the guy that I watched coming up, right after Jordan.”

Each player has his own memory of Bryant, his own channeling of how he’s looking to continue to carry on the “Mamba Mentality” that came to define the Lakers icon’s 20-year Hall of Fame career. Players followed up their outfits and sneakers throughout the week with posts on social media honoring Bryant, his daughter and the memory, legacy and inspiration they left behind. Below are some of this week’s tributes.

P.J. Tucker

Mismatched Nike Air Force 1 “LA” + Jersey + Kobe logo hat

P.J. Tucker of the Houston Rockets arrives before a game against the Washington Wizards on Jan. 26 at the Toyota Center in Houston.

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P.J. Tucker

Nike Zoom Kobe 6 “3D”

The sneakers of P.J. Tucker of the Houston Rockets during a game against the Washington Wizards on Jan. 26 at the Toyota Center in Houston.

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Stephen Curry

Curry Flow 8 #GirlDad custom

Seth Curry

Curry Flow 8 “Lower Merion” custom

Philadelphia 76er Seth Curry wears tribute sneakers to Kobe and Gianna Bryant.

Philadelphia 76ers

Kyrie Irving

Vintage Champion jersey

Kyrie Irving of the Brooklyn Nets arrives before a game against the Miami Heat on Jan. 25 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.

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Victor Oladipo

Mitchell & Ness NBA Finals jersey

Victor Oladipo of the Houston Rockets arrives before a game against the Washington Wizards on Jan. 26 at the Toyota Center in Houston.

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Donovan Mitchell

Adidas D.O.N. Issue #2 custom

The sneakers worn by Donovan Mitchell of the Utah Jazz against the New York Knicks on Jan. 26 at Vivint Arena in Salt Lake City.

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Kent Bazemore

Curry Flow 8 custom

Kent Bazemore of the Golden State Warriors wears custom Under Armour sneakers with a picture of Kobe Bryant and his daughter, Gianna, on them during warm-ups before their game against the Minnesota Timberwolves at the Chase Center on Jan. 27 in San Francisco. Jan. 26 marked the one-year anniversary of the tragic helicopter crash that led to the deaths of nine people, including Bryant and his daughter. The sneakers are also hashtagged #GirlDad.

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John Wall

Nike “What The” Kobe VII

The Nike sneakers worn by John Wall of the Houston Rockets before a game against the Washington Wizards at the Toyota Center on Jan. 26 in Houston.

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Zach LaVine

Adidas The Kobe Retro

The sneakers of Zach LaVine of the Chicago Bulls during a game against the Boston Celtics on Jan. 25 at the United Center in Chicago.

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Damion Lee

Curry Flow 8 custom

The sneakers worn by Damion Lee of the Golden State Warriors before a game against the Minnesota Timberwolves on Jan. 27 at the Chase Center in San Francisco.

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Miye Oni

Mitchell & Ness rookie jersey

Miye Oni of the Utah Jazz arrives before a game against the New York Knicks on Jan. 26 at Vivint Arena in Salt Lake City.

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Joel Embiid

Under Armour Embiid 1 custom

Marcus Morris

Nike Kyrie 7

A detailed view of the shoes worn by Marcus Morris Sr. of the LA Clippers against the Atlanta Hawks during the first half at State Farm Arena on Jan. 26 in Atlanta.

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Matt Thomas

Kobe tribute shirt

Matt Thomas of the Toronto Raptors arrives before a game against the Milwaukee Bucks on Jan. 27 at Amalie Arena in Tampa, Florida.

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Brandon Goodwin

Nike Kobe 5

The shoes worn by Brandon Goodwin of the Atlanta Hawks during the first half against the LA Clippers at State Farm Arena on Jan. 26 in Atlanta.

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Trae Young

Mismatched Adidas Superstar

Nick DePaula is a footwear industry and lifestyle writer at The Undefeated. The Sacramento native has been based in Portland, OR, for the last decade, a main hub of sneaker company HQs. He’ll often argue that ’How To Lose A Guy In 10 Days’ is actually an underrated movie — largely because it’s the only time his Sacramento Kings have made the NBA Finals.

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