Several NBA stars paid tribute to Kobe Bryant on Monday by customizing their sneakers with messages about the Black Mamba … and it’s heartbreaking.
Sacramento Kings star Buddy Hield wore Nike Kobe 4s against the Timberwolves — and used a black pen to write various messages about his friend.
“R.I.P. Kobe,” Hield wrote … “Mamba 4 Life. #24.”
Miami Heat player Goran Dragic marked up his Adidas kicks with “#Mamba” and “#Mambacita” — a tribute to Kobe and his daughter, Gianna, who also died in Sunday’s helicopter crash.
Cleveland Cavs player Dante Exum wore UNDFTD X KOBE 4 Protro kicks with the words, “RIP Mamba.”
San Antonio Spurs’ DeMar DeRozen wore a special custom pair of UNDFTD X KOBE sneaks with the words, “RIP Bean. Love you Big Bro.”
Miami Heat’s Bam Adebayo wore the purple colorway version of the KOBE Protros with a special message for Kobe, too.
The league is clearly still reeling and trying to find out the best way to honor Kobe moving forward — but this is a pretty good start.