Updated: Jul 20
To celebrate Kobe's legacy, here are some of the best quotes captured over his 20-year basketball career and recent retirement that will help inspire others and overcome challenges.
"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.”
“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.”
“The most important thing is to try and inspire people so that they can be great in whatever they want to do.”
“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.”
“The beauty in being blessed with talent is rising above doubters to create a beautiful moment.”
“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.”
“I’m reflective only in the sense that I learn to move forward. I reflect with a purpose.”
" When you make a choice and say, 'Come hell or high water, I am going to be this,' then you should not be surprised when you are that. It should not be something that is intoxicating or out of character because you have seen this moment for so long that ... when that moment comes, of course it is here because it has been here the whole time, because it has been [in your mind] the whole time."
"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."
“I realized that intimidation didn’t really exist if you’re in the right frame of mind.”
“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”.
"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 have nothing in common with lazy people who blame others for their lack of success. Great things come from hard work and perseverance. No excuses."
"Dedication sees dreams come true.”