After the five-year renewal, symbolically signed on the day of the American champion’s retirement from basketball on April 13, 2016, the contract between Kobe Bryant and Nike, linked for 18 years, has expired. The decision was communicated by Vanessa Bryant, wife of the Los Angeles Lakers champion who tragically passed away together with his daughter in a helicopter crash just over a year ago. Kobe Bryant and Nike have collaborated to create some of the most beautiful sports shoes ever, worn and adored by fans and athletes of every sport around the world. During his career, the star had launched 11 different models and, even after his retirement, Nike had continued to present his sneakers.