On May 1, 2022, Gigias one of the three daughters of Vanessa and Kobe Bryant was affectionately called, would have turned 16 and, on that occasion, in addition to paying tribute to the young career of the girl who was preparing to be a great basketball player and to the legacy of his father on the playing field, the American brand Nike launched a pair of sports shoes, under the name of “Mambacita Sweet 16″, which has caused a great furore among sports fans.
Once the conflicts of the previous months have been overcome, when Vanessa Bryant, widow of basketball player Kobe, complained about the launch of a commemorative model without her consentand with the signing of a new agreement in March, Nike opened the sale only for members of the SNKRS app, who participated in a raffle to have the possibility of acquiring them in stores in Los Angeles at a price of 180 dollars.
vanessa bryant presented the new product on their social networks: “The ‘Mambacita Sweet 16′ are inspired by her resilient spirit and the love she hadnot just for the game, but for his family, his friends, and his community.”
The reception of the pair that combines black, white and details in gold It was such that they sold out in less than two minutes. The news was warmly received by the Mamba & Mambacita Sports Foundation, where all the profits from the sale of the sneakers will go. The resources will be used to provide sports education in vulnerable communities and finance sports training for young women.
But not only collectors sought to get a copy of the “Mambacita”. This weekend, during the NBA playoffs, Jonathan Kuminga, player of the Golden State Warriors, came out on the court with the news of the moment to face game 1 of the West semifinal in Memphis.
Several details of the shoe have been highlighted by collectors. For example in the sides have the number two engraved, in reference to the bib worn by Gigi Bryant in “The Mambas”, Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) circuit team in which he played. It also highlights that Kobe’s name is printed on the left heel and Gigi’s on the right; while, instead of the traditional Kobe Bryant logo on the heel, they placed the logo of the foundation that now carries out social action on their behalf.
On Sunday, January 26, 2020, Kobe Bryant was traveling in a private helicopter with his daughter Gianna and some companions of her basketball team accompanied by their parents precisely on their way to a game, when the plane crashed in a residential area of Los Angeles. In the accident, nine people died, there were no survivors. Multiple tributes took place in the city after hearing the news that impacted not only the fans because Kobe Bryant was a well-liked character around the world for his performance on the field of play and for his great charisma.
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The emotional shoes in tribute to Kobe Bryant’s daughter that sold out in two minutes