The start of the 2019-20 season saw Anthony Davis wearing a new jersey and new kicks. As a Los Angeles Lakers star, Davis knew to rock Kobes; the Nike Kobe 4 Protro to be exact.
The Nike Kobe 4 originally released for the Black Mamba’s 2008-09 season and was revolutionary for it’s low-cut design. This was a direct request from Kobe Bryant, who saw how soccer players played faster with a lower-cut boot. The Kobe 4s worn by A.D. are a “Protro” version, which slimmed the heel shape and increased the range of the traction. The heel Zoom Air and soft phylon foam remained in the cushioning, providing lightweight bounce when landing on the heel. The upper features synthetic leather uppers, with Flywire panels in the midfoot for added lockdown.
The shoes played to the Brow’s speed game, despite being one of the most dominant bigs in the league. Davis first started wearing the Kobe 4 in the 2019 preseason, before debuting officially against the Los Angeles Clippers in the season opener.
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