Kobe Bryant's signature moment deserves new version of signature shoe
Kobe Bryant only needs to score 63 points to surpass Michael Jordan on the scoring list. AP

NIKE is planning to release a new version of Kobe Bryant’s signature shoe as a tribute to the basketball superstar when he topples Michael Jordan as the NBA’s third leading scorer of all time.

Nike Basketball made a teaser announcement on its official Twitter account via a photo featuring a black silhouette of a low-top basketball shoe with the lines “Coming with 32,293” - a reference to the number of points the 36-year old Bryant needs to overtake Jordan on the career scoring list.

The tweet read: “77 points to go. Stay Tuned." It was followed by the hashtatg #MambaMoment, a reference to Bryant's nickname 'Black Mamba' which Nike has incorporated in its marketing strategy.

It is believed the commemorative pairs, a special edition of the current Kobe 9 model, will be released after Bryant passes Jordan’s record.   

The 18-year NBA veteran recently scored 14 points in a losing effort last Sunday (Monday, Manila time) against the New Orleans Pelicans. The Lakers star, who is currently leading the NBA with a 25.2 ppg clip, only needs 63 points to overtake Jordan's record.

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