Kobe Bryant started 2009 in his prime. Seven years after the Lakers’ secured their three-peat — with MVP Shaquille O’Neal at the helm — Kobe would finally lead LA to their first Shaq-free NBA Championship of the new millennium.
Any concern that the Black Mamba was nearing the end of his career was quickly dispelled — further reinforced the following year by a back-to-back championship win. Kobe had secured his spot as the top-paid player in the NBA, a position he would hold for the rest of his career. On the inside though, age was catching up with Kobe, and more than a decade of professional play had started to take its toll. It wouldn’t take long for the cracks to begin to show. The period from 2009 to 2014 was an emotional rollercoaster for Kobe fans, filled with hard-fought victories, crippling injury and some of the most memorable sneakers of his entire career.
Read on for our breakdown of Kobe Bryant’s most iconic sneaker moments from 2009 to 2014.