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Kobe's game-worn NBA debut sneakers to be auctioned off

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A pair of sneakers Kobe Bryant gifted to a fan following his regular-season debut with the Los Angeles Lakers are being sold at auction.

The game-worn and signed Adidas sneakers were obtained by Scott Hurlimann, who met Bryant before the Lakers' matchup against the Minnesota Timberwolves on Nov. 3, 1996, according to auction house Gotta Have Rock and Roll. Hurlimann asked Bryant if he could have his shoes, to which the then-rookie responded, "No problem, just meet me out here after the game."

Hurlimann shared a photo of himself and Bryant outside The Forum on Instagram last year.

Bidding on the shoes opens Wednesday with a starting price tag of $100,000 and is expected to reach up to $500,000. The winner of the auction will also receive an original ticket stub from the game.

Bryant played just six minutes and 22 seconds in his debut, recording one rebound and a block. He scored his first NBA point two days later against the New York Knicks.

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