The concord purple 9s were advertised to pay homage to the Black Mamba back when he was a sneaker free agent. These are good looking shoes but they are disappointment because they aren't what was advertised. First off they aren't forum blue - laker fans know what I'm talking about. Second thing Kobe's Player Edition had the number 8 on the back these have 23. It would have been awesome if they could have added that detail. Overall these look more like Golden State Warrior Blue then Laker Purple.