For one night in 2020, Jimmy Butler ditched his Jordans and laced up the Nike Kobe 4.
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 that Jimmy wore 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.
At the time in February, the entire league was honoring Kobe Bryant, who had just tragically passed from a helicopter crash. This includes Jimmy Buckets who wore the “FTB” Kobe 4 Protro.
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