Kobe Bryant’s 2000 NBA championship jacket is set to be auctioned off in the market early next month. The leather jacket was made for the late legend commemorating his Los Angeles Lakers’ 2000 championship.
The limited edition jacket is a part of Julien’s Auction’s Icons & Idols: Sports collection. The auction will be held December 6 at the company’s Beverly Hills headquarters and online. The jacket is signed by Paris born designer Jeff Hamilton.
The coat has patches that read, ‘Los Angeles Lakers’ and ‘Champions 2000’, across the front. It also has patches of the team’s logo, banners representing the team’s previous championship seasons (72, 80, 82, 85, 87, 88) and the logo of the 2000 NBA Finals.
The fonts and styling used throughout the jacket are vintage and speaks boldly of the sports fashion sense in that era. According to Julien’s, the rear side of the antique reads 2000 champions and features the team logo, with six silver-toned star studs to represent the previous championship seasons.
Bryant and the Lakers crushed the Indiana Pacers by a 4-2 margin in the NBA 2000 Finals. The dream team on the 2000 Lakers squad included Shaquille O’Neal, Rick Fox, Derek Fisher, Glen Rice and Tyronn Lue besides the legend himself.
On January 26, 2020, Kobe, 41, and daughter Gigi, 13, tragically died with 7 others in a chopper crash in Calabasas, California. Pilot Ara Zobayan, 50, Alyssa Altobelli, 14, Keri Altobelli, 46, John Altobelli, 56, Payton Chester, 13, Sarah Chester, 46, and Christina Mauser, 38 were also among the crash victims. May their souls rest in peace.
The jacket is an iconic piece, so if you want to get your hands on it, consider keeping fat dollars on your pockets.
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