As one of the most popular sports brands in the world and in Israel, the loss of those sales will weigh heavily on the businesses of hundreds of sports stores across the country.
The shoes are customized Nike Air Max 97 sneakers that contain red ink and "one drop of human blood" in the sole, according to a website describing the 666 pairs of limited edition shoes.
The company said the departure of Hebert, vice president & general manager of Nike’s North America business, is effective immediately.
Raised in Ilford, a small town in Essex, UK, Goldstein started modeling in 2017 after joining the Zebedee Management modeling agency, which focuses on providing services for models with disabilities.
Nike stores in Canada, Western Europe, Australia and New Zealand will be closed from March 16 to 27, the company said in a statement.
A search for Kobe-branded products on the footwear maker's website took users to an obituary page for the player.
The report added that Nike is re-evaluating how it will release Bryant's signature shoe series going forward.