The sudden death of the legend has put the whole sports world in shock. Bryant died in a helicopter crash alongside his daughter in the hills of California.
Kobe has been an inspiration for all and has inspired many on and off-field. Just like his game he has inspired people through his wisdom and the life he lived.
Here are the few memorable quotes from the legend Kobe Bryant:
In a recent interview with USA Today just three days before his death he said, “You got to do what you love to do. I love telling stories.”
During an interview in 2019 with ESPN, Bryant said. “Because I am. That’s just the maturation. That’s 17 years of seeing everything the game can dish out. I’ve seen it all before. There’s no need to get too crazy or bent out of shape. There are still challenges every day. But I’m still having fun. I was born to play this game. I still love it.”
In the year 2015, from a profile in GQ, “I have ‘like minds.’ You know, I’ve been fortunate to play in Los Angeles, where there are a lot of people like me. Actors. Musicians. Businessmen. Obsessives. People who feel like God put them on earth to do whatever it is that they do. Now, do we have time to build great relationships? Do we have time to build great friendships? No. Do we have time to socialize and to hang out aimlessly? No. Do we want to do that? No. We want to work. I enjoy working.”
During a 2008 interview, Kobe quoted, “Have a good time. Life is too short to get bogged down and be discouraged. You have to keep moving. You have to keep going. Put one foot in front of the other, smile and just keep on rolling.”
One of Kobe Bryant’s famous Instagram quotes, “Be sad. Be mad. Be frustrated. Scream. Cry. Sulk. When you wake up you will think it was just a nightmare only to realize it’s all too real. You will be angry and wish for the day back, the game back THAT playback. But reality gives nothing back and nor should you.”
2015 SBS Sports’ documentary “Kobe Bryant’s Muse,” he quoted, “We all can be masters at our craft, but you have to make a choice. 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. There are sacrifices that come along with making that decision.”
“When we are saying this cannot be accomplished, this cannot be done, then we are short-changing ourselves. My brain, it cannot process failure. It will not process failure. Because if I have to sit there and face myself and tell myself, ‘You’re a failure,’ I think that is worse, that is almost worse than death.”
Here are some more quotes from the legend Kobe Bryant.
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.
There’s been a lot of talk of me being a one-man show but that’s simply not the case. We win games when I score 40 points and we’ve won when I score 10.
Everything negative – pressure, challenges – is all an opportunity for me to rise.
My parents are my backbone. Still are. They’re the only group that will support you if you score zero or you score 40.
These young guys are playing checkers. I’m out there playing chess.
I don’t want to be the next Michael Jordan, I only want to be Kobe Bryant.