Kobe Bryant signed a five-year extension with Nike in April NFL Washington Commanders Jersey 2016 that kept him connected to the brand into his retirement. That contracthas now expired, and a new deal isn't coming.
Bryant's widow Vane saand the Kobe Bryant estate have elected not to renew the partnership with Nike, Vane sa on Monday. Bryant's deal expired on April 13, which marked exactly five years since the Lakers legend scored 60 points Darrell Green Jersey in his final NBA game.
The estate was disappointed with Nike "limiting the availability of Kobe products" after his retirement in 2016 and death in a January 2020 helicopter crash,DePaula said. Therewas also reportedly a frustration with the "lack of availability of Kobe footwear in kids' sizes."
"Kobe and Nike have made some of the most beautiful basketball shoes of all time, worn and adored by fans and athletes in all sports acro s the globe,"Vane sa toldDePaula."It seems Charles Leno Jr. Jersey fitting that more NBA players wear my husband's product than any other signature shoe. ...My hope will always be to allow Kobe's fans to get and wear his products. I will continue to fight for that. Kobe's products sell out in seconds. That says everything.
"I was hoping to forge a lifelong partnership with Nike that reflects my husband Sonny Jurgensen Jersey 's legacy. We will always do everything we can to honor Kobe andGigi'slegacies. That will never change."
Nike confirmed that the relationship had ended, saying in a statement that Bryant was "an important part of Nike's deep connection toconsumers" and he is still "a deeply loved member of the Nike family." The company did offer an extension to Vane sa and the estate, but the structure of the deal fell short ofexpectations, per DePaula.
Lakers guards Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Talen Horton-Tucker reacted to the news after Los Angeles' lo s to Utah on Monday night. Both players Cornelius Lucas Jersey said they will attempt to buy more pairswith Nike likely to hit pause on any future releases.
"I was shocked. I didn't think that would happen." - KCP said he'll be trying to get his hands on more pairs of Kobe's Nike shoes in the upcoming months. His go-to on-court sneaker.
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"I'm putting the call out right now. Whoever can get me any Kobes, I need 'em." - Talen Horton-Tucker on the pending Nike/Kobe shortage today's news could create
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It is unclear whetherVane sa and the Bryant estate havediscu sed a new partnershipwith other brands.