“1,100,000,002,100,00 Ankles will be broken. Facts don’t lie”

Those are the words of the one of today’s greats, Kobe Bryant, codename “The Black Mamba” (which was adapted via Kill Bill Volume 1. But didn’t fully adapt usage of  the nickname till Nike Zoom Kobe 6, but we’ve heard it a couple of times).  But more importantly while 8 years in the league, Kobe always wanted to find a way to gain a competitive advantage. He sought out Eric Avar, then and current creative director at Nike, to accomplish this feat. “I want the lowest, lightest weight basketball shoe…” said Kobe. Eric’s response was: ” Real low? Like a soccer shoe?” That’s where the magic all started, even when Kobe was wearing the Nike Zoom Air Kobe III, 18 months prior to the release to developing the fourth model that set its own precedence. Always in a Kobe-like fashion, he wanted to prove the doubters wrong.

Zoom Kobe IV (Photo Cred: Nike)

“You can’t play in low-tops…!” said the doctors & training staff. Kobe’s best reply would be: “If you come down on somebody’s foot, you’re going to roll your ankle and there’s not a lot you can do about it.” I personally agree to disagree, but there are pros and cons to that. The outrigger lining of the shoe is supposed to help supplement support in terms of ankle rolls. But there’s very little you can do even if you had a higher build sneaker doesn’t necessarily mean it will protect you from further injury. But to skeptics and scientific patterns of testing, the ankle roll injury, regardless depends on the physics output of injury and how much pressure is in-lined with either stepping on someone else’s foot, or how the body placement of force equals with position landing to alleviate impact.


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