Though Kobe Bryant has “requested” that teams no longer hold ceremonies or gift presentations celebrating his retirement, the Toronto Raptors didn’t let him leave Air Canada Centre emptyhanded .
Following the Lakers’ 102-93 loss to the Raps in Kobe’s last regular season game in Canada, fan and friend DeMar DeRozan presented the 20-year vet with a special pair of custom sneakers. The “Liquid Gold” Nike Kobe 10 EXT Mids bear Kobe-inspired graphics on the right shoe, Toronto details on the left and come complete with a matching hat. On Twitter, DeRozan captioned the photo, “We couldn’t let @kobebryant leave without a token of our appreciation. A @Raptors gift for one of the GOATs.”
The Raptors were on the other side of Kobe’s historic 81-point performance at Staples Center nearly 10 years ago. It’s likely that we’ll see Kobe play one final game in Toronto — February’s All-Star Game.