While the controversy surrounding Kyrie Irving asking for a trade in June and eventually getting dealt to the Boston Celtics still persists, there’s one thing we can all agree on: Nike hit the mark with the latest Kyrie 3.
The latest colorway draws inspiration from one of the most iconic Kobe 5 colorways, which paid homage to Bruce Lee. Kobe Bryant had the same competitive edge and determination that Lee had, and he paid his respects to the martial arts legend with striking yellow, black, and red Kobe 5s. A then 17-year-old Irving got ahold of a coveted pair and rocked them during the 2010 Nike Extravaganza in California.
With both ballers loving Lee’s quote, “Always be yourself. Express yourself. Have faith in yourself,” a collaboration between the three was inevitable. Now in the third iteration of his own signature sneaker, Irving’s sneakers feature red slash marks in commemoration of Lee and the “Bruce Lee” Kobes, culminating in the “Kyrobe” logo. Located on the tongue of the shoe, it fuses Irving and Bryant’s logos together. And the snakeskin on the medial side is a nod to the #MambaMentality.