With versions dedicated to the Minneapolis Lakers, Batman’s heinous villain The Joker, The Black Mamba, and Kobe Bryant’s “Carpe Diem” way of life, the Nike Zoom Kobe IV (4) has achieved fantastic success at retail, despite its suggestively lowtop silhouette. Images of Bryant’s fifth ride, the Zoom Kobe V (5), recently surfaced and it appears as if the crafty folks in Nike’s “BB” division have decided to stick with a low for the Los Angeles Lakers superstar. The shoe incorporates the Swoosh’s Lunarwire technology along the upper and Carbon Fiber spring plate under the arch to mitigate unwanted movement during lateral movements, cuts, and herky jerky crossovers. Let’s hope that KB’s newest model is devoid of Nike’s gimmicky LunarFoam. All Zoom cushioning, please.