Near the end of the 1973 martial arts “Enter The Dragon,” Han uses his artificial metallic claws to leaves claw marks/scars on the face of Bruce Lee’s character. In the 1972 Hong Kong martial arts film “The Game of Death,” Bruce Lee (whilst clad in a black and yellow jumpsuit) fights the 7 foot 2 inch Kareem Abdul-Jabbar who used to play for Milwaukee Bucks. When the Nike Zoom Kobe 5 was unveiled in 2009, it turned out to be inspired by elements from both those films. Seven years later, it seems that Nike has dressed up the Kobe 11 in a similar “Bruce Lee” theme.
The Nike Zoom Kobe 5 from 2009 had started out as a simple black/yellow rendition that appears to be inspired by both Bruce Lee’s famous Jumpsuit and the official hues of the Los Angeles Lakers. Maybe Kobe Bryant is fan of Bruce Lee or perhaps Nike feels that Kobe tends to be as ferocious on the court as Bruce Lee was known for being with his fists and legs. One thing they do indeed share in common is that they are both elites in their respective fields. Thus, it makes sense for a “Bruce Lee” theme to appear on Bryant’s latest signature model, the Kobe 11.
Much like the Nike Zoom Kobe V “Bruce Lee,” this upcoming Kobe 11 is also essentially dressed up in a color scheme resembling that of Bruce Lee’s jumpsuit from “The Game of Death.” Thus, the Flyknit uppers of this sneaker feature Black and University Gold color combination. In place of the heel stitches, the scratch marks that Bruce Lee had received in “Enter the Dragon” can be spotted in a blood red hue, while the hidden Zoon Air insole of this sneaker is also covered in the same hue.
Fans of Bruce Lee and/or Kobe Bryant are going to enjoy rocking this sneaker equally. They do not have to wait much because the Nike Kobe 11 “Bruce Lee” is arriving at retailers on March 19th and will retail at a price of $200.
Nike Kobe 11 Bruce Lee
University Gold/Black-University Red
Release Date: March 19th, 2016
822675-706 | $200