(Kobe & Gianna Bryant at the NBA All-Star Game 2016 at the Air Canada Centre on February 14, 2016 in Toronto, Ontario.)
Mamba Mentality- Inspirational Kobe Bryant Quotes
It has been time since the tragic loss of a true NBA and Human G.O.A.T, one Kobe Bean Bryant and his daughter Gigi Bryant have been laid to rest, yet the pain is still heavy. To the NBA fans this man was the pinnacle and full embodiment of hard work and dedication on the floor, sadly it took his untimely death for the world to see what fans saw and what fans learned more about the 18-Time All Star off the court only propelled his fan-base more. Vanessa Bryant and his 3 daughters who now bare this pain of losing a father and husband, show us the power Kobe had with his strive for greatness and to overcome all obstacles by being strong in these rough times. Since then people have began embracing parenthood more from the example Kobe showed with his exuberant love for his daughters and with his involvement in Gigi's rising basketball career; starting the #GIRLDAD, fathers who raise daughters and the strong connection they develop. Kobe's NBA career and accolades can echo off the hardwood, but the way they translated to the world, no one would now how much the great Kobe Bryant taught.
This is the now infamous shot of Kobe Bryant taking a free throw against the Golden State Warriors in the Staples Center after rupturing his Achilles. This picture is a literal representation of what this quote means and understanding you are your own worst enemy when it comes to dedication, and failure is not an option.
Here we see Kobe Bryant's sheer will to get his team motivated by attacking the rim hard (sorry Brooklyn Nets fans) regardless of who was there to stop him. Focus and drive is what Kobe Bryant knew, that's like holding a red flag in front of a bull. MOVE!
3. "Everything negative – pressure, challenges – is all an opportunity for me to rise."
The 5 Championships that Kobe Bryant achieved over his NBA career, each one was sought after and wanted equally as winning the first. Kobe was known for his "killer mentality" and the way he could take over a game instantly, and that was many other players drive as well. This player drafted out of Lower Marion High School in '96 kept the same hunger for success since he touched a basketball. That is a grind we all can learn from.
4. "Winning takes precedence over all. There's no gray area. No almost."
A simple quote with the most impact on many sports players. The Black Mamba knew in tough situations that there would be times for him to give it his all for winning. (Insert "give Kobe the ball joke") Kobe attacked every play and every possession like it was a title game, never took a day off in practice or games and only fueled his desire to win. So if you ever want to win something or achieve goals, then you better be ready to flip that switch and do whatever it takes to win. "Mamba Mentality!"
5. "I don't want to be the next Michael Jordan, I only want to be Kobe Bryant."
A true statement of homage to the mentor, with indication of knowing yourself. When Kobe came in the league, his styles seemed to resemble another G.O.A.T. we NBA fans all know and idolize, Michael Jordan, the "Jumpman" himself. Kobe had stated many times he idolized, studied, and even mimicked MJ's style since he was Kobe's hero growing up, however Kobe knew he had his own style and just would sprinkle MJ's game (and demeanor) into his, making him a killer or "Black Mamba" should we say. We should take from this quote exactly the way Kobe did, its okay for us to look up to someone so stronger we want to be like them, we just can't lose ourselves in the process. We are each individually special and here for greatness.
“If you really want to be great at something you have to truly care about it. If you want to be great in a particular area, you have to obsess over it.”
A quote from Kobe Bryant's, The Mamba Mentality: How I Play. The drive this man had, passed on through his children show that is was coursing through his veins and he wanted to show all that dedication is the close cousin to greatness.
"I want to make sure the days that I'm away from them are days that I absolutely have to be,I'd rather be with them than doing anything else."
Told to a reporter for the L.A. Times, Kobe showcased the importance of family, being there for them and having them be involved in all of your achievements and hardships. Family will always be there and we all should be able to relate to that idea.
"Be thankful that you've been given that gift because girls are amazing, I would have five more girls if I could. I'm a girl dad."
Kobe Bryant once told ESPN reporter Elle Duncan in 2018. We all owe Kobe Bryant and his family support through this lifetime of pain. Kobe has affected us and if you feel that he has affected you as well, whether it be on or off the court, leave us comments and thoughts on this discussion. The world lost an all around G.O.A.T. R.I.P Kobe "Bean" Bryant