Tragically, he was with his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna Bryant, who also died in the incident.
A self-made legend, Bryant drew admiration from his fans in the way he approached life. Thus, the Mamba Mentality came to be—a state of mind that nudges one to be in a constant state of bettering one’s self. His decorated career a basketball player will likely remain as history’s most revered.
As such, the Coolture team thought it would be nice to look back to some of the best pearls of wisdom the Black Mamba tried to imbibe in his waking life.
Read on for the full list.
“‘Too Much’ is a matter of perspective.”
“Everything negative—pressure, challenges—is all an opportunity for me to rise.”
“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.”
“Once you know what failure feels like, determination chases success.”
“Despite fear, finish the job.”
“We all have self-doubt. You don’t deny it, but you also don’t capitulate to it. You embrace it.”
“Dedication sees dreams come true.”
“If you do not believe in yourself no one will do it for 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.”
“Winning takes precedence over all. There’s no gray area. No almosts.”
“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.”
“The most important thing is you must put everybody on notice that you’re here and you are for real.”
“I accept the most challenging times will always be behind me and in front of me.”
“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.”
“Use your success, wealth and influence to put them in the best position to realize their own dreams and find their true purpose.”
“Boos don’t block dunks.”
“I don’t want to be the next Michael Jordan, I only want to be Kobe Bryant.”