Updated: Jan 9
Kobe Bryant, the 18-time All-Star who won five NBA championships and became one of the greatest basketball players of his generation during a 20-year career with the Lakers, died in a helicopter crash on Jan. 26, 2020. He was 41. Also killed in the crash was Bryant’s 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, and seven others who were on board the aircraft.
Bryant became one of the NBA’s most popular players and the face of the Lakers during his career. Winning a record four NBA All-Star Game MVP awards, he was the overall league
MVP in 2008, a two-time NBA scoring champion and 12 All-Defensive selections.
A generation of basketball players embody him. Even for all of Kobe's money and fame, fans identified with him because he put in the same grind everyone else goes through. He's the kind of person and player who made everybody around him better, which in turn earned him the respect of his competitors
Kobe Bryant had a magnificent and straightforward way with words, a talent he worked hard at, just like he did to hone his skills on the court. "Through basketball, I learned discipline, perseverance, teamwork, failure, success. These are lessons that can be applied to any field," he said, "but particularly a creative field such as storytelling, where you have to constantly hone your craft, stay focused and committed, be prepared to pivot when necessary, and work well with your collaborators to ensure success."
1. "The most important thing is you must put everybody on notice that you’re here and you are for real."
2. "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."
3. "May you always remember to enjoy the road, especially when it’s a hard one."
4. "There's nothing truly to be afraid of, when you think about it, because I've failed before, and I woke up the next morning, and I'm OK."
5."People say bad things about you in the paper on Monday, and then on Wednesday, you're the greatest thing since sliced bread. I've seen that cycle, so why would I be nervous about it happening?"
6."If you’re afraid to fail, then you’re probably going to fail."
7 ."Use your success, wealth, and influence to put them in the best position to realize their own dreams and find their true purpose."
8."A lot of leaders fail because they don’t have the bravery to touch that nerve or strike that chord."
9."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."
10.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."
11."I saw you come in and I wanted you to know that it doesn’t matter how hard you work, that I’m willing to work harder than you."
11."Leadership is lonely. I'm not going to be afraid of confrontation to get us to where we need to go."
12."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."
13."Everything negative—pressure, challenges—is all an opportunity for me to rise."
14."I realized that intimidation didn't really exist if you're in the right frame of mind."
15."Great things come from hard work and perseverance. No excuses."
16,"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 are a failure,' I think that is almost worse than dying."
17."The message was that if you want to win championships, you have to let people focus on what they do best while you focus on what you do best. For me, that was rebounding, running the floor, and blocking shots."
18."When you make a choice and say, 'Come hell or high water, I am going to be this,' then you should not be surprised when you are that. It should not be something that is intoxicating or out of character because you have seen this moment for so long that when that moment comes, of course it is here because it has been here the whole time, because it has been [in your mind] the whole time."
19."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 play back. But reality gives nothing back and nor should you."
20."If you do not believe in yourself no one will do it for you."
21."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."
22."We can always kind of be average and do what’s normal. I’m not in this to do what’s normal."
23."Take it all in. Sit back and watch and listen and hear all the hate that’s being thrown at us and remember every person that’s kicking you when you’re down, because next year it ain’t gonna be this way. Appreciate it now. Let it sit in now, because revenge is sweet and it’s quick."
24."You are responsible for how people remember you—or don’t. So don’t take it lightly."
25."This is the moment I accept the most challenging times will always be behind me and in front of me."