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Kobe Bryant Quotes

Kobe Bryant Wisdom

Kobe Bryant quotes: one of the greatest hoopsters ever talks winning, mental toughness, championships, and more.

“If you’re afraid to fail, then you’re probably going to fail.”

“Everything negative – pressure, challenges, etc. – it’s all an opportunity for me to rise.”

“Better learn not to talk to me.  You shake the tree, a leopard’s gonna fall out.”

“When I have the chance to guard Michael Jordan, I want to guard him.  I want him.  It’s the ultimate challenge.”

“The topic of leadership is a touchy one.  A lot of leaders fail because they don’t have the bravery to touch that nerve or strike that chord.  Throughout my years, I haven’t had that fear.”

“I close my eyes and just reminisce.  That’s what keeps me sane.”

“The most important thing is you must put everybody on notice that you’re here and you are for real.  I’m not a player that is just going to come and go.  I’m not a player that is going to make an All-Star team one time, two times.  I’m here to be an all-time great.  Once I made that commitment and said, ‘I want to be one of the greatest ever,’ then the game became everything for me.”

“I focus on one thing and one thing only – that’s trying to win as many championships as I can.”

“I don’t want chumps, I don’t want pushovers… and if you’re a chump and a pushover, I will run over you.”

“My parents are my backbone.  Still are.  They’re the only group that will support you if you score zero or you score 40.”

“I feel like killing everybody every time I go to the arena.”

“I’m reflective only in the sense that I learn to move forward.  I reflect with a purpose.”

“It’s hard for me to grasp the concept of somebody being nervous when I’m talking to them.”

“People just don’t understand how obsessed I am with winning.”

“These young guys are playing checkers.  I’m out there playing chess.”

“I’ll do whatever it takes to win games, whether it’s sitting on a bench waving a towel, handing a cup of water to a teammate, or hitting the game-winning shot.”

“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.”

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

“I’ve played with IVs before, during and after games.  I’ve played with a broken hand, a sprained ankle, a torn shoulder, a fractured tooth, a severed lip, and a knee the size of a softball.  I don’t miss 15 games because of a toe injury that everybody knows wasn’t that serious in the first place.”

“Boos don’t block dunks.”

“There’s been a lot of talk of me being a one-man show but that’s simply not the case.  We win games when I score 40 points and we’ve won when I score 10.”

“Friends can come and go, but banners hang forever.”

“I love going one-on-one with someone.  That’s what I do.  I’ve never lost.  It’s a whole different game, just to have them right in front of you and be able to do whatever you want.”

“There’s certain players that I’ve made cry.  If I can make you cry by being sarcastic, then I really don’t want to play with you in the playoffs.”

“It never bothered me when people would say, ‘You only win championships because you’re playing with Shaq.’  It bothered me when he said it.”

“Winning takes precedence over all.  There’s no gray area.  No almosts.”

“The last time I was intimidated was when I was six years old in karate class.  I was an orange belt and the instructor ordered me to fight a black belt who was a couple years older and a lot bigger.  I was scared sh*tless.  I mean, I was terrified and he kicked my ass.  But then I realized he didn’t kick my ass as bad as I thought he was going to and that there was nothing really to be afraid of.  That was around the time I realized that intimidation didn’t really exist if you’re in the right frame of mind.”

“I’m chasing perfection.”

“I’m playing against great players, playing against the best in the world.  The competition – that’s what I’ve always wanted.”

“The most important thing is to try and inspire people so that they can be great in whatever they want to do.”

“One thing you gotta know about me is I have absolutely no filter.  I have no problem saying what the hell I think of someone.”

“I’m here.  I’m not going anywhere.  No matter what the injury – unless it’s completely debilitating – I’m going to be the same player I’ve always been.  I’ll figure it out.  I’ll make some tweaks, some changes, but I’m still coming.”

“Losing is losing, there aren’t different degrees of losing.  You either win a championship or you’re sh*t.  It’s very black and white to me.”

“As I sit here now, when I take off my shoe and I look down at my scar, I see beauty in it.  I see all the hard work, all the sacrifices.  I see the journey that it took to get back to this point of being healthy.  And I see beauty in that struggle.  That’s what makes it beautiful.”

After Kobe’s quotes, why not check out King James’ sayings too?

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