Mark Parker's take on the Nike Kobe 11 drops later this month, and ahead of the release, the Mamba talked about his relationship with the Nike CEO.

"Even though he has a pretty large business to run, he still finds time to mentor me," Bryant said. "He's a muse, he's taught me about leadership, and focus, and direction. To have such a close relationship with Mark, I'm just extremely, extremely thankful."

For his installment of the Kobe 11 "Muse Pack," Parker drew inspiration from Kobe's Black Mamba nickname, coating the sneaker in reptilian details. The Nike Kobe 11 "Parker Muse" drops on May 26 through SNKRS and select Nike Basketball retailers.