“I don’t want to be the next Michael Jordan, I only want to be Kobe Bryant.”- Kobe Bryant
Published: Aug 01, 2022
Kobe Bean Bryant was an American professional basketball player. A shooting guard, he spent his entire 20-year career with the Los Angeles Lakers in the National Basketball Association (NBA). Widely regarded as one of the greatest basketball players of all time.

“I don’t want to be the next Michael Jordan, I only want to be Kobe Bryant.”- Kobe Bryant

Bryant died on January 26, 2020, in a helicopter crash in Los Angeles at the age of 41, along with his 13-year-old daughter Gianna Bryant and seven others. The NBA star's death shocked the world, and nearly two years later, his legacy continues to grow and inspire.

Kobe's greatness transcended basketball. Serena Williams, Tiger Woods, Kevin Durant, Eric Koston, Lionel Messi, Lebron James and Roger Federer — Are all athletes inspired, fascinated, motivated, and determined by Kobe.

Kobe played 20 seasons in the NBA. His honors include MVP, scoring champion, NBA champion, and third on the all-time points scored list. But most importantly, he is who we all aspire to be: the ultimate professional. He trains harder than any teammate. He stayed late at the gym before he started playing. He studied the films of the revered greats. That's why he is respected.

This guy doesn't just play basketball, he studies it. He borrowed and stole moves from Michael Jordan, Earvin “Magic” Johnson, Kareem Abdul Jabbar, Julius Erving, and many more NBA Hall of Famers. He admitted he stole the moves. In his eyes, they are the best players, they are champions. If they fought like that and won, why couldn't he play like that and win?

Kobe Bryant has now completed his final season. He played his last game and will eventually hang up his jersey. In every game of his 20th and final season, he was greeted by the arena that once cursed his name.

Kobe Bryant showed us that perseverance, hard work and determination can either lead to failure or success. He told me that you have to be willing to accept failure and success because without one, you can never get the other. I will never forget the moment we won the championship. Because his love of the game flowed into our city, it wasn't just 11 who won, but the city as a whole. And that's exactly what Kobe did best. He brought us together; that's what great players do.

Kobe Bryant is a legend
A legend will never be forgotten
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