It's hard to believe that one of the best players to ever play the sport of basketball is no longer with us. Kobe Bryant died in a helicopter crash on Sunday in California. He was only 41 years of age. To think that it didn't seem too long ago when he was scoring 60 points in his final NBA game. Fans of the Los Angeles Lakers cheered him on in his final moments knowing that they'll never get to see an athlete as remarkable as him. Kobe Bryant's last game and all the other games before that, he was in a Lakers uniform. The Los Angeles Lakers organization was where he stayed during his 20 years in the NBA. He was an 18-time All-Star, won 5 NBA championships, 2 NBA Finals MVP awards, 1 NBA MVP title, and a lot more to go with it. One of the most impressive games in NBA history came on January 22, 2006. That was the day Kobe scored 81 points in a win over Toronto. That performance will probably go down as one of the greatest scoring performances in the history of the NBA. But he wasn't just an athlete, he was more than that. He was a son, a husband, and a father. To go along with the sad news, it was reported that Kobe Bryant's daughter, 13-year old Gianna Bryant, was also among the nine people killed in the crash. In honor of the late legend, husband, father, son, brother, Oscar winner and Laker-great, here's a list of Kobe Bryant's most inspirational quotes. We lost a legend today, but he will forever live on in the hearts of many.
Most fans knew Kobe Bryant by his nickname Black Mamba. That was his code for his unparalleled code of conduct: Intensity, drive, and the will to win no matter what. Above all else, it was because of his dedication and love for the game that made him one of the greatest basketball players of all time. The type of dedication that starts practice at 4:15 in the morning, and not leave until he made 800 shots. The dedication to become the best at what he did. That's the type of dedication that he had.
Along with the nickname "Black Mamba," Kobe Bryant adopted the "mentality" to the end of it. That term would eventually be known throughout the globe as the "Mamba Mentality." It embodied a killer instinct on the court, late in possessions, with the game on the line. That's how Kobe Bryant wanted to be remembered as a player. When the game is on the line and you feel like the odds are stacked against you, that's when he shines the brightest.
Kobe Bryant endeared himself to the basketball world through his constant pursuit of greatness. In his 2018 book, The Mamba Mentality: How I Play, he wrote: From Day One, I wanted to dominate. My mindset was, I'm going to figure you out. And to do that, to figure those puzzles out, I was willing to do way more than anyone else." That was the standard that he set which saw him become a force for the rest of his career. He was a winner, but it was his determination to win was what saw it through.
Kobe Bryant was an 18-time NBA all-star with five NBA championships and two Olympic gold medals. He was a two-time NBA Finals MVP with a regular season MVP title. He once scored 81 points against Toronto and came out with a win. He had one of the greatest scoring months in 2003. For a person of his caliber, pressure wasn't something that would make him shrink. He's the type of person that knew when the pressure was more immense, that's when he would put his head down and get the job done.
If you're a student of the history of basketball, you're probably aware that great players often "pattern" their games off of other great players. Similarities can be draw between a handful of players. That's especially true for Kobe Bryant who not only saw Michael Jordan as his competitor but his greatest idol, mentor, and even friend. It was because of Michael Jordan that he was inspired to become one of the most dominant scorers ever to play the game.
|1||"Dedication sees dreams come true"||Other||16||Paid|
|2||"The moment you give up, is the moment you let someone else win"||Other||15||Paid|
|3||"Once you know what failure feels like, determination chases success"||Other||8||Paid|
|4||"Everything negative -- pressure, challenges -- is all an opportunity for me to rise||Other||3||Paid|
|5||"I don't want to be the next Michael Jordan, I only want to be Kobe Bryant"||Other||1||Paid|
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