Often referred to as one of the best basketball players in the history of the game, Kobe Bryant played in the NBA, with the Los Angeles Lakers for 20 seasons before his retirement in 2016.
Kobe was never a stranger to the game since his father was also a professional basketball player. He spent most of his childhood in Italy after his father retired from the NBA and moved his family to Rieti to continue his career, but at a lower level.
Bryant started shooting hoops when he was only three years old and earned national recognition in high school, after moving back to the US. He was soon traded to the Lakers and became the second youngest NBA player in history.
For several years, Bryant constantly competed with his teammate Shaquille O’Neal for the title of Lakers’ greatest player. When talented O’Neal left the team, Kobe finally got the chance to prove that he can still perform brilliantly and led the Lakers to two consecutive championships.
In 2003, Kobe’s reputation was seriously tarnished after he was accused of sexual assault. Luckily all charges were dropped and he maintained his innocence.
Here are 25 Kobe Bryant quotes to help you overcome every challenge.
This is the moment I accept the most challenging times will always be behind me and in front of me.
Everything negative – pressure, challenges – is all an opportunity for me to rise.
The most important thing is to try and inspire people so that they can be great in whatever they want to do.
Winning takes precedence over all. There’s no gray area. No almosts.
Once you know what failure feels like, determination chases success.
I realized that intimidation didn’t really exist if you’re in the right frame of mind.
I’m reflective only in the sense that I learn to move forward. I reflect with a purpose.
I’m extremely willful to win, and I respond to challenges. It’s not a challenge to me to win the scoring title, because I know I can.
My parents are my backbone. Still are. They’re the only group that will support you if you score zero or you score 40.
The beauty in being blessed with talent is rising above doubters to create a beautiful moment.
A lot of leaders fail because they don’t have the bravery to touch that nerve or strike that chord.
The moment you give up, is the moment you let someone else win.
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.
If you’re afraid to fail, then you’re probably going to fail.
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.
Use your success, wealth and influence to put them in the best position to realize their own dreams and find their true purpose.
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.
We all have self-doubt. You don’t deny it, but you also don’t capitulate to it. You embrace it.
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.
The most important thing is you must put everybody on notice that you’re here and you are for real.
Trust me, setting things up right from the beginning will avoid a ton of tears and heartache…
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.
We can always kind of be average and do what’s normal. I’m not in this to do what’s normal.
Haters are a good problem to have. Nobody hates the good ones. They hate the great ones.
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.