On an emotional night at Staples Center, LeBron James paid tribute to Kobe Bryant by wearing the Nike Kobe 5 Protro.
This was the first game for the Los Angeles Lakers after the tragic helicopter crash that killed Kobe Bryant, his daughter GiGi, and 7 others. James tearfully spoke to the crowd beforehand, while rocking the Nike Kobe 1 Protro throughout the first half. James eventually switched into the Kobe 5 Protro in the gold and white “Big Stage” colorway. James eventually finished the game in his signature LeBron 17s.
The original Kobe 5 released in 2009 with simple Zoom Air bags in the heel and forefoot. For the updated protro release, the forefoot unit gets upgraded to Zoom Turbo. The larger Zoom Turbo bag is articulated for added flexibility and more bounce. The Phylon foam in the original gets replaced with Cushlon, which is softer and better assists in energy return.
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