“Mamba Mentality” Will Live Through Us Forever
Before I start I want to send my condolences to the family and friends of the Bryant family.
Growing up a basketball player, I’d be lying if I said Kobe Bryant was my favorite basketball player.
At first it was Tracy McGrady, then it was Kevin Durant, but after Durant switched up on OKC I fell back from him.
Always being on the outside looking in, and actually being a basketball player I knew exactly why he is considered one of the greatest to ever do it and what he meant to the game.
Every year Tracy would make it to the finals he would always end up playing against Kobe, and of course the Lakers would always end up winning the series.
Kobe taught me at a young age that winning is the only goal. He also taught me that you have to be relentless in pursuit of whatever you want.
Whether it’s getting up at 5am or staying 2hrs after practice, working on your footwork, having that mindset that no one is better than you, just making sure whoever you step in front of they weren’t ready.
It’s times in games were I would feel tired or defeated and I would tell myself “Mamba Mentality” to give myself that extra boost.
That’s also something you can carry outside of the court with you. If you are relentless in pursuing anything, more times than not it will work out. But at the end of the day it takes work.
He set the bar so high for us basketball players.
Even though Kobe wasn’t my favorite basketball player, he’s taught me the most and showed me what a the definition of a winner is.
Photo: Robert Gauthier/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images