Kobe Bryant still having an impact on the world after retiring from basketball releasing his new shoe: The Nike A.D.
“It’s a concept that kind of came to me years ago,” Bryant told Liz Hernandez from “Access Hollywood” according to The Los Angeles Times. “With the end of my career almost feeling like a death because I’d been playing basketball so long, and it was my life for a while. To walk away from that death[-like] experience and ask: ‘Can we move on from that? What comes after that? How do you progress from that?’ And that’s when the idea kind of hit me. [I] need to transition; the basketball player is now done, retired. So now we have to move on to the next phase.”
Bryant has always been one of the most emotional and intense players in NBA history. It’s kind of weird to see him talk about the after life as if he’s dead. Naming the shoe A.D., which stands for “after death” not anno domini, really speaks to what Bryant is doing since he’s officially done from basketball. This post-career shoe is a low profile, on court shoe featuring Nike’s proprietary Lunarlon foam in the midsole. It also has a Zoom Air cushioning in the heel, which makes it comfortable for the individual.
The pair set to release on Nov. 22 for $160 at nike.com. Check out the video below on Bryant talking about his latest shoe.