There is no denying Kobe Bryant is one of the most dominant players the NBA has ever seen. On and off the court the Black Mamba has had some pretty memorable moments.
Here at Style Jock to celebrate Mamba Day, we're going to pay homage to this amazing player the only way we know how. We're going to countdown Bryant's top 5 most memorable fashion moments. Grant you, none of these moments will be as great as his killer jump shot, five Championship rings or his epic 81-point game, but we guarantee they'll be pretty awesome.
5. The New Kid on the Block
Back in 1996, over-sized suits and bright ties were all the rage. No wonder at 17-years-old a young Kobe was right on trend when he announced he was skipping College and going straight to the NBA. Looking super cool in a brown suit, matching tie and black Oakley shades Kobe made the memorable announcement in style. It's def a different look compared to the rookies of the league today, like D'Angelo Russell and Jahlil Okafor. From this moment, who knew Kobe would've had a 20-year career full of super cool looks.
4. Frobe Bryant
Similar to Iverson's braids, Kobe's afro def caught people's attention from 1997-2002. Dawning the untamed look, the NBA rising star's hair easily became a fan favourite. Not only did his game soar to new heights his first few years in the league, but his hair game made players step up their fashion. Was one to wear braids or an afro? For those torn between the two looks and wanted the best of both worlds, it was simple to switch by taking out the braids.
3. The Black Masked Mamba
We all know when a player gets a face injury, upon his return he wears a mask to project him on the court. Usually the mask is clear and plastic and is quite frankly gross looking. Shortly after fracturing his nose in the 2012 All-Star game Kobe had to wear one. But of course the he had to do it a bit differently. Bryant was the first to debut the black face mask, which he had specially made for him for comfort. Looking like a super hero, Kobe only wore the mask for three games, but it didn't hinder his skills on the hardwood.
2. From #8 to #24
People were absolutely surprised when Kobe debuted his new jersey number in 2006. We all know he didn't join a new team and get a new jersey, but the way fans reacted would have made you think so. There was such an uproar from fans and critics questioning why he changed from 8 to double digits, but the answer was simple "24 is supposed to mean works hard, i.e., works 24 hours a day," said Kobe to TNT. Needless to say after the switch, Kobe won two more Championships.
1. "White Hot" Mamba
Back in 2010, Kobe was featured in LA Times Magazine. Of course to look magazine ready and to make a fashion statement, a team of stylists put together some all-white ensembles for the NBA legend to wear on the cover and in the spread. Too bad the pictures and the spread turned out to be not as fashion-forward as the everyone hoped. Even Kobe himself said the pictures were 'too artsy' for his taste. Plus the internet memes didn't help the fashion faux pas looks at all. This isn't one of Kobe's fashion shining moments, but it is for sure the most memorable. Check out pics from the spread below and some of the best internet memes.
Congrats on 20 years of success in the league Kobe Bryant, you'll me missed.