Kobe Bryant, 41, and daughter Gianna, 13, were among nine people killed in the helicopter crash in Calabasas, California.
Widely regarded as one of the greatest basketball players of all time, Kobe has transcended basketball and sport, influencing and touching the lives of millions of people around the world.
Nicknamed the “Black Mamba,” Bryant played his 20-year career in the National Basketball Association (NBA) with the Los Angeles Lakers. He has won five NBA championships.
Among his many remarkable achievements, he was 18 times All-Star, 15 times member of the All-NBA team, 12 times member of the NBA All-Defensive team and best players (MVP-Most valuable player ) from the NBA in 2008.
To celebrate Kobe’s rich heritage, here are 10 of his inspirational quotes on various topics.
On the quest for success
“When you make a choice and say to yourself, ‘This is what I will become anyway,’ then you shouldn’t be surprised when you do. It should not be seen as evidence of toxicity, as you have been viewing this moment for so long. So when that time comes, it’s because it’s been on your mind for a long time, it’s always been there. ”
“I played with IVs before, during and after the games. I played with a broken hand, a sprained ankle, a torn shoulder, a broken tooth, a cut lip, and a knee the size of a soft ball. I don’t miss Games 15 because of a toe injury that everyone knows was not that bad at the start. ”
“The most important thing is to try to inspire people so that they can be great in whatever they want to do.”
“I’m here. I’m not going anywhere. No matter the injury, apart from if it makes me disabled, I will be the same player I have always been. I will find a solution. I will make adjustments, but I will still be there.
Anything negative, be it pressure, challenges, whatever, it’s an opportunity for me to elevate myself, to grow. ”
“The most important thing is that your teammates need to know that you are behind them, that you support them and that you want them to succeed.”
“I will do whatever is necessary to win matches. Whether by shaking a towel on the bench, giving a glass of water to a teammate, or recording the fire of the court. ”
Overcoming his fears
“The last time I was bullied, it was in karate class when I was 6 years old. I was an orange belt and the professor ordered me to face a black belt, which was older and sturdier than me. I was terrified and he kicked my ass.
Then I realized that he hadn’t kicked my ass as hard as I thought, and that there was no reason to be afraid. It was then that I realized that bullying didn’t exist as long as we were in the right frame of mind. ”
On the challenge of recovering from injuries
“The process (pushes me back). I want to see if I can. I don’t know if I can. I want to find out. I want to see. I’m going to do what I’m used to doing: I’m going to break it down into its simplest form, down to the last detail, and continue it. Day after day, day after day. ”
High school for the NBA directly
“I want to learn how to become the best basketball player in the world. To get there, I have to learn from the best. Children go to school to become doctors or lawyers, etc. and that’s where they study. This is where they study. My place of study is among the best. ”
After discovering that he was different from other NBA players
“I never saw basketball as a job. I didn’t realize it was work until my first year in the NBA. When I arrived, I was surrounded by other professionals and I thought that basketball was going to be everything for them, but that was not the case. And I said to myself, ‘It’s different’. I thought everyone was as obsessed with gambling as I was. ”