Hip-hop sensation Drake had a bespoke jacket made for Kobe Bryant’s latest All-Star Game, similarly gifted to Stephen Curry
In 2016, the world of basketball was going through an emotional time. A man who had been the face of basketball for two decades was planning to hang up his cleats, and every NBA team was bidding farewell to him in their own way.
Playing his 20th season in the NBA, Kobe Bryant received a nice farewell tour throughout the league. Like everyone else, even Drake decided to pay homage to the Lakers legend. With the 2016 All-Star Game in Toronto, Drake didn’t have to worry about the venue. The only question that remained now was how.
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He teamed up with legendary designer Jeff Hamilton and used his connections at Nike to release a Jeff Hamilton x Jumpman x OVO piece. Titled “Farewell Kobe”, the jacket pays homage to the Lakers legend.
Drake gave the personalized “Farewell Kobe” jacket to Stephen Curry
Stephen Curry and Aubrey have been close since the start of his All-Star journey. Drake has been seen on the field, cheering on the Warriors star during several of their epic finals (minus the one against the Raptors, because obviously).
When designer Jeff Hamiltion heard rumors that Drake had given the jacket to Steph, instead of Kobe, he confronted the rapper.
“…I told him, I had heard rumors that you gave the jacket to Steph Curry because Steph Curry really wanted that jacket. He (Drake) said no, I didn’t… I gave it… like I actually have in my house, framed in… In a frame in my house.
However, during a Raptors game, Drake clarified the situation and came clean.
“Yeah, he was kind enough to make me a jacket in collaboration with Jordan and OVO of course, and yeah, it was a great piece. You know, actually, I… kind of funny, I…j gave this jacket to Steph. Uh…yeah, yeah Steph dude. You know, we’re family.
Drake reveals he gave custom Kobe Bryant jacket he wore to 2016 All-Star Game to Warriors’ Stephen Curry pic.twitter.com/80EJDepXe3
— Ben Golliver (@BenGolliver) March 5, 2016
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You’d think a custom Kobe jacket would go Kobe’s way. However, I guess Aubrey chose his friendship with Steph over everything else.