Kobe Bean Bryant (1978 - 2020) was an American professional basketball player. Bryant had been known for his work-ethic, which helped him win five NBA championships with the Los Angeles Lakers.
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The beauty in being blessed with talent is rising above doubters to create a beautiful moment.
The most important thing is to try and inspire people so that they can be great in whatever they want to do.
I have self-doubt. I have insecurity. I have 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.
Everything negative - pressure, challenges - is all an opportunity for me to rise.
Haters are a good problem to have. Nobody hates the good ones. They hate the great ones.
I can't relate to lazy people. We don't speak the same language. I don't understand you. I don't want to understand you.
I create my own path. It was straight and narrow. I looked at it this way: you were either in my way, or out of it.
I like playing for the purple and gold. This is where I want to finish up.
I love going one-on-one with someone. That's what I do. I've never lost. It's a whole different game, just to have them right in front of you and be able to do whatever you want.
I realized that intimidation didn't really exist if you're in the right frame of mind.
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.
I'm extremely willful to win, and I respond to challenges. Scoring titles and stuff like that... it sounds, well, I don't care how it sounds - to me, scoring comes easy. It's not a challenge to me to win the scoring title, because I know I can.
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.
I'm more than comfortable just sitting back and scoring 21, 22 points or whatever and getting 10, 11 assists whatever the case might be. More than comfortable with that. It's just a matter of the pieces that you have around you and what you can do to elevate everybody else.
I'm reflective only in the sense that I learn to move forward. I reflect with a purpose.
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.
I've pretty much done all I can here and, you know, God will carry me the rest of the way, so I'm pretty comfortable with that.
If you want to be great at something, there's a choice you have to make. What I mean by that is, there are inherent sacrifices that come along with that. Family time, hanging out with friends, being a great friend, being a great son, nephew, whatever the case may be.
If you're afraid to fail, then you're probably going to fail.
In an individual sport, yes, you have to win titles. Baseball's different. But basketball, hockey? One person can control the tempo of a game, can completely alter the momentum of a series. There's a lot of great individual talent.
It's different from being 21 and you think there's endless amount of opportunities. At 33, the ending is much, much closer.
It's the one thing you can control. You are responsible for how people remember you — or don't. So don't take it lightly.
Magic has five championships. I have five championships. I'm pretty sure we both know what we're doing.
My brain ... it cannot process failure. It will not process failure. Because if I sit there and have to face myself and tell myself, "You're a failure" ... I think that's almost worse than death.
My parents are my backbone. Still are. They're the only group that will support you if you score zero or you score 40.
Once you know what failure feels like, determination chases success.
Pain doesn't tell you when you ought to stop. Pain is the little voice in your head that tries to hold you back because it knows if you continue you will change.
Sports are such a great teacher. I think of everything they've taught me: camaraderie, humility, how to resolve differences.
The important thing is that your teammates have to know you're pulling for them and you really want them to be successful.
The moment you give up, is the moment you let someone else win.
These young guys are playing checkers. I'm out there playing chess.
This is the moment I accept the most challenging times will always be behind me and in front of me.
Trust me, setting things up right from the beginning will avoid a ton of tears and heartache.
Use your success, wealth and influence to put them in the best position to realize their own dreams and find their true purpose.
We all know what flopping is when we see it. The stuff that you see is where guys aren't really getting hit at all and are just flailing around like a fish out of water.
We can always kind of be average and do what's normal. I'm not in this to do what's normal.
What people see on court is another side of me; it's not me.
Winning takes precedence over all. There's no gray area. No almosts.
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