In 2017 The Lakers unveiled a new Kobe Bryant-inspired “City Edition” alternate uniform that features a black jersey with shadowbox numbers and a snakeskin-like print that honors Bryant’s “Black Mamba” nickname. When Nike approached Bryant to design the new Lakers jersey that was inspired by him, Bryant immediately had an idea in his mind on how this jersey should look like.
“The snake came to me immediately. It came to me so fast, I was thinking, ‘This can’t be that easy. This idea is not going to work.’ I spent months trying to talk myself out of it. But in the end, simplicity always wins.”
Need to bring back these Black Mamba Jerseys! https://t.co/wGmtlDwnDq
— Jared Dudley (@JaredDudley619) January 28, 2020
The result of this collaboration was one of the cleanest and most popular Lakers jersey in recent years. After the passing of Kobe and his daughter Gianna, Lakers forward Jared Dudley called upon the relevant people to bring back the City Edition jersey from that season. Danny Green was one of the first teammates to support this idea by Dudley, and now the question remains whether that will be possible.
Usually, this would be almost impossible, but given the fact of how vital Kobe Bryant was to Nike and their brand, this might come into consideration. The Lakers will also need to show interest in making this happen, and with enough public support, they might even bring back that jersey for at least one game. The Golden State Warriors brought back “We Believe” jersey edition from 2006/07 season in their final game at the Oracle Arena back in April. We’ll see if this idea by Jared Dudley gains more attention and interest because it would be a great way to pay respect for Kobe Bryant and his legacy.