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Why the Nike Kobe 4 still dominates a decade after its debut

At the height of his game, Kobe Bryant and Nike Basketball has reintroduced the low-cut performance sneakers for basketball.

Sure, people like Steve Nash and Mike Bibby played in low places, but Kobe was THE MAN in the game at the time and a big man who stood 6: 6 and weighed well over 200 pounds.

Back in the championship hunt, Bryant inspired and challenged the Nike Performance Creative Director Eric Avar by asking why footballers in low shoes were so sharp, fast and efficient. Nevertheless, basketball players still wore high-top / mid-performance shoes.

Kobe Bryant in the Nike Zoom Kobe IV (Photo by Doug Benc / Getty Images)

The Mamba's quest for the next level, coupled with Nike's innovative and groundbreaking technology, created more than just a basketball shoe – it created a work of art.

It comes with an unprecedented 11.6 ounces, the Nike Zoom Kobe 4 Restored the use of a low-cut sneaker and changed not only the signature line of the Black Mamba, but also what players of all shapes and sizes in the league would wear.

Nike Zoom Kobe IV by Kobe Bryant

The shoe was equipped with Flywire technology to support and secure the foot. The shoe also featured LunarLite foam in the forefoot for ultimate cushioning for better energy return. A Nike Zoom unit was attached to the heel and assembled with a Phylon midsole.

Bryant looked faster and more subtle in his fourth signature shoe: "The flat shoe allowed him to make sharper cuts while improving responsiveness." Avar said,

Not only did the shoe feel great, but its performance spoke for itself.

During the NBA season 2009/2010 Kobe was a very different animal. He scored an average of 26.8 points, almost 5 assists and 1.5 steals per game. The legendary Mamba mentality began in the postseason, scoring an average of 30 points, 5.5 assists and 1.7 steals.

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Kobe Bryant in the Nike Zoom Kobe IV (Photo by Doug Benc / Getty Images via Zimbio)

Meanwhile, the league's rising stars caught the wind from Kobes low peaks and showed the same look.

Even the Brodie.

Russell Westbrook at Nike Zoom Kobe IV

But that's not all, back to the Mamba.

After the Los Angeles Lakers ran aground in the fifth round of the NBA finals by the Orlando Magic, Bryant was crowned MVP Finalist by scoring 32 points and almost 6 assists on average.

Kobe Bryant in the Nike Zoom Kobe IV (Photo by Stephen Dunn / Getty Images via Zimbio)

During the regular 2018-2019 season and even during the playoffs, the Nike Zoom Kobe 4 and the Nike Zoom Kobe 4 Protro were seen everywhere on the hardwood. DeMar DeRozan, Isaiah Thomas, PJ Tucker and many others wore the Mamba's fourth signature sneaker in both OG and updated styles.

Why? Because it still plays well. The Kobe 4 is a hit in takes # 39 and # 19.

Take a look at some of the best iterations of the Nike Zoom Kobe 4 in OG and Protro during the season 2018-2019 below.

Honorable mention for the WNBA, the Drew League and more that they have recorded in the Nike Zoom Kobe 4.

Tamera Young in UNDFTD x Nike Zoom Kobe 4 Protro (via WNBA Kicks)
Kyle Kuzma in the Nike Zoom Kobe 4 Protro "USA"
PJ Tucker in the Nike Zoom Kobe 4 Protro "USA Home" (via NBA Kicks)
PJ Tucker in the Nike Zoom Kobe 4 Protro "USA Away" (via NBA Kicks)
Devin Booker in UNDFTD x Nike Zoom Kobe 4 Protro PE (about suns)
Kristi Toliver in the Nike Zoom Kobe 4 Protro "ASG" (Melissa Majchrzak / NBAE on Getty Images)
Shareef O'Neal at the Nike Zoom Kobe 4 Protro PE (via The Drew League)
PJ Tucker in a Nike Kobe 4 Protro PE
D.J. Wilson in the Nik Kobe 4 Protro PE (Bart Young / NBAE on Getty Images)
Andre Iguodala in the Nike Kobe 4 Protro "Del Sol" (via Ezra Shaw for Sole Collector)
D.J. Wilson in the Nike Kobe 4 Protro PE (via @NBAKicks)
Isaiah Thomas in the Nike Kobe 4 Protro PE (about Ron Chenoy)
PJ Tucker in the Nike Zoom Kobe IV "Carpe Diem" (via BR Kicks)
PJ Tucker in the Nike Zoom Kobe IV "Carpe Diem" (via Sole Collector)
DeMar DeRozan in the Nike Kobe IV Protro Draft Day (Sam Forencich / NBAE on Getty Images)
Jrue Holiday in the Nike Zoom Kobe IV "Gradient House" (Jeff Haynes / NBAE on Getty Images)
Isaiah Thomas in the Nike Kobe 4 Protro PE (via NBA Kicks on Twitter)
DeMar DeRozan in the Nike Kobe 4 Protro PE (Andrew D. Amber / NBAE on Getty Images)
Tobias Harris in the Nike Zoom Kobe 4 "Gold Medal" (Andrew D. Bernstein / NBAE on Getty Images)
Isaiah Thomas in the Nike Kobe 4 Protro PE (Isaiah Downing for Complex Sneakers)
Giannis Antetokounmpo in his Nike Zoom Kobe 4 PE
Giannis Antetokounmpo in his Nike Zoom Kobe 4 PE (Nathaniel S. Butler / NBAE on Getty Images)
PJ Tucker in the Nike Kobe 4 Protro (Photo by Noah Graham / NBAE about Getty Images)
DeMar DeRozan in the Nike Zoom Kobe 4 PE (Kevin C. Cox / Getty Images)
Kyle Kuzma in the Nike Kobe 4 "Wizenard" (Andrew D. Bernstein / NBAE on Getty Images)
DeMar DeRozan in the Nike Zoom Kobe 4 PE (via Sole Collector)
Kelly Oubre Jr. at the Nike Kobe 4 "Prelude" (Ned Dishman / NBAE on Getty Images)
DeMar DeRozan in the Nike Kobe 4 Protro PE (Garrett Ellwood / NBAE on Getty Images)
Montrezl Harrell in the Nike Kobe 4 "Del Sol" (Andrew D. Bernstein / NBAE on Getty Images)
DeMar DeRozan in the Nike Kobe 4 Protro PE (Bart Young / NBAE on Getty Images)
PJ Tucker in his Nike Kobe 4 Protro Custom "ACES" (Photo by Noah Graham / NBAE about Getty Images)
Isaiah Thomas in the Nike Kobe 4 Protro PE (via Isaiah J. Downing)
PJ Tucker in UNDFTD x Nike Kobe's 4 Protro (Bill Baptist / NBAE on Getty Images)
Isaiah Thomas in the Nike Kobe 4 PE (Garrett Ellwood / NBAE on Getty Images)
DeMar DeRozan in his Nike Zoom Kobe 4 Protro PE
DeMar DeRozan in the Nike Zoom Kobe 4 PE (via B / R Kicks)
DeMar DeRozan in the undefeated x Nike Kobe 4 Protro (Mark Sobhani / NBAE via Getty Images)
PJ Tucker in the Nike Kobe IV Protro PE (Photo by Bill Baptist / Getty Images via SLAM Kicks)
PJ Tucker in the Nike Kobe IV "Finals MVP" (Photo via BR Kicks)
Isaiah Thomas in the Nike Zoom Kobe IV Protro "Draft Day"

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