Nets’ Spencer Dinwiddie Drops Signature Sneaker, Donates Proceeds to Honor Kobe Bryant
Spencer Dinwiddie is using his new signature sneaker to help those families reeling from the helicopter crash in Calabasas, California that claimed the lives of Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gianna and seven others on January 26. On Saturday, the Brooklyn Nets guard dropped the K8IROS Mark II, the second edition of his self-produced shoe. All proceeds from the first nine days of sales will be donated to the MambaOnThree Fund, which the Mamba Sports Foundation created to assist those directly affected by the accident.
This is just the latest effort by Spencer to honor the Los Angeles Lakers legend. The L.A. native recently changed his jersey from No. 8 (Kobe’s original number) to No. 26, as part of a movement among some NBA players to unofficially retire the Black Mamba’s numbers. He’s also spoken eloquently about the effect that Kobe had on his life.
Spencer released his first signature shoe in December 2018. He oversaw much of the initial silhouette’s design, and partnered with Project Dream—a boutique production agency that connected him to factories overseas—to bring his kicks to market.
The K8IROS Mark II is currently available in three colorways (Graffiti, Kronos and Unity) for $130 at ProjectDream.io.
Josh Martin is the Editorial Director of CloseUp360. He previously covered the NBA for Bleacher Report and USA Today Sports Media Group, and has written for Yahoo! Sports and Complex. He is also the co-host of the Hollywood Hoops podcast. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram.