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Lakers unveil new Kobe Bryant-themed uniforms, designed by Kobe Bryant

By in Press Enterprise on December 27, 2017

By Bill Oram

The latest Lakers jersey to be unveiled has Kobe Bryant’s print all over it.

Specifically, it has snake print.

Bryant designed the Lakers “City Edition” jerseys in collaboration with Nike, and the result was a black jersey with a snakeskin effect, honoring his “Black Mamba” persona, and shadowbox numbers – a callback to Bryant’s early seasons with the Lakers.

Meet the newest addition to the Lakers uniform lineup.

For the City. By @kobebryant. #LakeShow| #NIKExNBA

— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) December 27, 2017

The Lakers will first wear the jerseys on Jan. 26 in Chicago, and on seven subsequent occasions before the end of the regular season.

Coach Luke Walton first saw an early version of the design months ago and called the look “awesome.” The uniforms are complete with unique touches that honor Bryant, including the subtle inclusion of Nos. 8 and 24 under the flap of each leg of the shorts.

Luke Walton said the Kobe-designed uniforms are “awesome” and that he can’t wait to get one to wear around the house. “Full uniform,” he joked. “Taped ankles and everything.”

— Bill Oram (@billoram) December 27, 2017

The Lakers retired both of Bryant’s jersey numbers at a halftime ceremony on Dec. 18.

“It’s got his own nice little touches,” Walton said. “I always thought he did a really good job, he was always heavily involved in the design with his own shoe and I have always been a fan of those.

“I think he does a really nice job with the subtleties of the jersey that was put together. I think it will be fun for the team and the fans.”

The uniform is the last of five Lakers looks to be unveiled by Nike.

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