It’s still crazy about what happened. Nobody ever expected this. For me personally, it felt like a normal Sunday. I was at church when the news came. Even though I live in Florida now, I’m still caught up with my home in LA. So when the news came, I didn’t want to believe it. Nobody wanted to believe it. So I’m writing this to show some love for my hometown and for Kobe Bryant.
Everybody knows who Kobe Bryant is. Even those who don’t watch basketball know who Kobe Bryant is. He was loved by many, and an inspiration to all. Normally, I like to summarize quotes for people to understand. But this time I’ll just let his words talk, making it resonate in our hearts. These are some of my favorite quotes from Kobe Bryant.
7 Quotes From Kobe Bryant
1.“I have self-doubt. I have insecurity. I have a fear of failure. I have nights when I show up at the arena and I’m like, ‘My back hurts, my feet hurt, my knees hurt. I don’t have it. I just want to chill.’ We all have self-doubt. You don’t deny it, but you also don’t capitulate to it. You embrace it.”
2.“Can I jump over two or three guys like I used to? No. Am I as fast as I used to be? No, but I still have the fundamentals and the smarts. That’s what enables me to still be a dominant player. As a kid growing up, I never skipped steps. I always worked on fundamentals because I know athleticism is fleeting.”
3.“I’ve played with IVs before, during and after games. I’ve played with a broken hand, a sprained ankle, a torn shoulder, a fractured tooth, a severed lip, and a knee the size of a softball. I don’t miss 15 games because of a toe injury that everybody knows wasn’t that serious in the first place.”
4.“I’ll do whatever it takes to win games, whether it’s sitting on a bench waving a towel, handing a cup of water to a teammate, or hitting the game-winning shot.”
5.“The important thing is that your teammates have to know you’re pulling for them and you really want them to be successful.”
6.“Christmas morning. I’m going to open presents with my kids. I’m going to take pictures of them opening the presents. Then I’m going to come to the Staples Center and get ready to work.”
7.“I’m here. I’m not going anywhere. No matter what the injury – unless it’s completely debilitating – I’m going to be the same player I’ve always been. I’ll figure it out. I’ll make some tweaks, some changes, but I’m still coming.”
As of respect, condolences to the families and everyone who was affected by this event. Now I’ve seen a lot of people speaking of life lessons from Kobe’s death, but I believe we should always remember the life lessons from Kobe when he was alive. His life showed lessons of hard work and perseverance, but it also showed lessons of love and gratitude. There are so many things we can learn from Kobe. He may not have been the perfect human being because nobody is, but he was a legend and great enough to impact us all in our lives, whether we play basketball or not. I’m going to end this with a piece from Lebron James’ speech that he gave before their game against the Portland Trailblazers on January 31, 2020.
“Kobe is a brother to me. From the time I was in high school watching him from afar, to getting in this league at 18 and watching him up close, all the battles that we had throughout my career, the one thing that we always shared was that determination to just want to win, to just want to be great. The fact that I’m here now means so much to me. I want to continue, along with my teammates, his legacy. Not only for this year, but for as long as we can play this game of basketball that we love, because that’s what Kobe Bryant would want. So in the words of Kobe Bryant, ‘Mamba out.’ But in the words of us, ‘Not forgotten.’ Live on, brother.” – Lebron James January 31,2020
Thank you for joining us. If you love Kobe Bryant and want to learn everything about him like his thoughts, emotions, and more, I suggest to read his book, “The Mamba Mentality: How I Play“. It’s his own personal book that he wrote and shows readers how he prepared himself not only to excel in the game of basketball, but in every part of his life. You can get a hard copy of the book here.