L.A. Lakers Black Mamba Kobe Bryant Idolizes Beethoven's Ninth Symphony With 9 Elite Low Nike Basketball Sneaker [PHOTOS]

By Maria Jean Sullivan on Aug 12, 2014 11:09 PM EDT

Kobe Bryant clearly has a man crush on Beethoven.

We all remember when he serenaded us with Beethoven’s "Moonlight" sonata. And how could you forget that time Kobe made his own piano, complete with his own logo.

But this is different. This one starts from the bottom.

On August 16, Kobe’s 9 Elite Low Nike basketball sneakers he of course named “Beethoven” will be available to the public. At a whopping $200, you, too, can have a piece of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony on your feet—one per customer, please.

What’s more? You can customize them. Naturally, the original grey color scheme represents, quote, "Beethoven’s timeless quality.”

Nike designer Eric Avar and Kobe worked closely with three leading technologies: Flyknit, Flywire and Lunarlon to provide a lightweight summer b-ball sneak for the Beethoven geeks.

According to the Nike advert:
“The artistry of music and its ability to move and inspire people has always intrigued the athlete. From classical to pop, he has appreciation for multiple genres. The Kobe 9 Elite Low Beethoven pays tribute to the German composer and pianist, and more specifically the power of his Ninth Symphony from the early 1800s.”

Take a gander at these snappy pics before you preorder. No doubt the kids below are playing in a pair of 9 Elite Low--albeit to the tune of Beethoven's Fifth.

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