The Nike Kobe 11 “Draft Day” edition commemorates the team the first drafted Kobe Bryant, the Charlotte Hornets back in the 1996 NBA Draft. This Nike Kobe 11 is dressed in the Charlotte Hornets team colors having a White, Blue Lagoon and Court Purple color scheme. Featuring a White Engineered Mesh upper with Teal and Purple accents throughout, sitting atop a clean White rubber sole. Finishing off the design is the 6.26.96 date down the heel as a nod to the day Kobe Bryant was drafted.
The days of seeing Kobe Bryant on court are gone but that won’t stop fans from reminiscing about his best days. Prior to putting on the iconic purple and gold in Los Angeles, the young Black Mamba was drafted by the Charlotte Hornets in 1996 and it’s safe to say that was a decision the organization still regrets to this day. This time around the Swoosh gives Kobe Bryant’s latest signature model some Charlotte flavor with its upcoming “Draft Day” colorway. Sporting the Hornets popular Blue Lagoon and Court Purple, the silhouette also swaps out the expected Flyknit upper for Engineered Mesh. The sneaker’s theme is closed out thanks to the day Kobe Bryant got drafted embroidered on the right heel of the shoe.