Charlotte Hornets star Gordon Hayward revealed a little-known fact about his kicks this week.
As it turns out, Hayward has been playing in shoes honoring Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant.
According to Nick DePaula of ESPN, Hayward has been playing in a snakeskin GH2 honoring Kobe Bryant, with 24 on the heel [and] ‘Remember’ across the midfoot.”
Beyond that, “the laces include the last two sentences from Kobe’s Instagram post encouraging Gordon after his 2017 injury.”
Gordon Hayward has been playing in a snakeskin GH2 honoring Kobe Bryant, with 24 on the heel & “Remember” across the midfoot.
The laces include the last two sentences from Kobe’s Instagram post encouraging Gordon after his 2017 injury.
Hayward faced Kobe in his last NBA game. pic.twitter.com/SzHwzLvxd3
— Nick DePaula (@NickDePaula) February 1, 2021
Bryant has meant a lot to Hayward for several reasons. Obviously the Lakers star was very kind and gracious, wishing Hayward well when he fractured tibia and dislocated ankle in his left leg back in 2017. On top of that, Hayward was present for Bryant’s final NBA outing – a thriller in which the Lakers star scored 60 points and led his team to victory.
Bryant meant a lot to Hayward, and by honoring him with his shoes, the Hornets star is doing his best to keep a legend’s memory alive.
Bryant, his teenage daughter Gianna, and seven others died in a tragic helicopter crash just over one year ago.
Since then, the objective for all who appreciated the Lakers icon has been remembering him in the best possible way. That has included fans beating the stuffing out of someone who allegedly disrespected his memory, former President Donald Trump using his final day in office to pay special tribute, and Vanessa Bryant sending gifts to celebs like Kim Kardashian to keep her husband’s memory alive.
The Bucks owner’s daughter decided to bring 2021 in with a bang by stripping all her clothes off. https://t.co/UgzhEEna4o
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