Top Performance: March 22, 2011 win over Suns: 48 min, 42 pts (15-31), 12 rebs, 9 asts
Sneaker: Nike Zoom Kobe VI 'Concord'
Riding the successes and popularity of the Kobe V, the Zoom Kobe VI was also released in 33 different colorways and featured another low-cut look that was inspired by Kobe's "Black Mamba" alter-ego. Aesthetically, the shoe looks amazing. Featuring a Flywire surface that is draped in what looks and feels like snakeskin, the sneaker is one of the most intricate designs Nike has ever come up with. Eric Avar didn't sacrifice performance for looks, either. The sneaker's main appeal to Kobe was the fact that the midsole was so thin that it felt as if he was playing barefoot on the court, something he had strived for since his adidas days. Coming off of two straight championship runs and Finals MVP awards, Kobe's play started to decline. Playing his lowest minutes average per game since the '97-98 season and scoring the fewest points per game since the '03-04 season, Kobe's body started to break down a bit and his knees began to deteriorate. Though he was still breaking records and winning All-Star Game MVP awards, the Black Mamba couldn't push his team over the top and the Lakers fell to the eventual champion Mavs in the Western Conference Semifinals.
Nike Zoom Kobe VI 'Concord'