Kyrie Irving is channeling the Mamba Mentality on an upcoming pair of his Nike Kyrie 3 previewed on Instagram on Friday. The shoes are a direct reference to the Nike Kobe 5 “Bruce Lee,” a pair that Irving has a personal connection to.
The shock yellow and tonal black shoe is an apt commemoration to Mamba’s Nike Kobe 5 “Bruce Lee” iteration. Both pairs not only have the same moniker but feature the same palette alongside similar scratch marks embellished near the toe cap.The Nike Kyrie 3 Bruce Lee is a callback to their close relationship and even features a fused version of their two logos on the tongue.
Furthermore, while playing in the Nike Extravaganza in California at age 17, Irving wore a special Kobe 5 inspired by the late actor/martial arts specialist. Now, the Swoosh and Kyrie are remembering that moment, while additionally celebrating Kobe as Irving’s mentor and friend.