Kobe Bryant Quotes (Black Mamba Mentality)

Kobe Bryant is one of the most successful basketball players of all time. He has won five NBA championships and is a two-time Olympic gold medalist. Bryant was also a prolific scorer and is the all-time leading scorer in Lakers history. In addition to his athletic accomplishments, Bryant is also a successful businessman. He has his own line of clothing and a production company. Kobe Bryant quotes are a source of inspiration for many people.

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Kobe Bean Bryant was born on August 23, 1978, in Philadelphia. Bryant was one of the best basketball players in the history of the NBA. He started his career with the Lakers in 1996 and spent his entire career with the team. He was a five-time NBA champion, two-time Finals MVP, and 18-time All-Star. He was also the 2007-08 MVP and a two-time scoring champion.

Bryant was known for his tenacity and intensity on the court. He was a fierce competitor and always played to win. He also had a high basketball IQ and was able to make difficult plays look easy.

Bryant’s legacy as a basketball player is legendary. He was one of the most accomplished players in the NBA and will always be remembered as one of the greatest Lakers of all time.

Kobe Bryant‘s death on January 26, 2020, was a tragic event that shocked the world. He was 41 years old and had four children. Bryant’s death was a major loss for the sports world and for the entire world. He was a role model for millions of people and was loved by everyone who knew him.

Here are some of Kobe Bryant Quotes on success, failure, and life.

51 Kobe Bryant Quotes

  1. “A lot of people say they want to be great, but they’re not willing to make the sacrifices necessary to achieve greatness.”

2. “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.”

3. “The greatest fear that we face is ourselves.”

4. “Everyting negative – pressure, challenges – is all an opportunity for me to rise.”

5. “Rest at the end, not in the middle”

6. “Good coaches tell you where the fish are, great coaches teach you how to find them.”

7. “I think the definition of greatness is to inspire the people next to you.”

8. “You have to work hard in the dark to shine in the light”

9. “The key, though, is being aware of how you’re feeling and how you need to be feeling. It all starts with awareness.”

10. “The mindset isn’t about seeking a result—it’s more about the process of getting to that result. It’s about the journey and the approach. It’s a way of life. I do think that it’s important, in all endeavors, to have that mentality.”

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Kobe Bryant Quotes Mamba Mentality

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

12. “We psyche ourselves up too much. Like if you try to talk yourself into, ‘Oh, this is a big moment, this is a big shot,’ you’re putting a lot of pressure on yourself. You shot that shot hundreds and thousands of times. Just shoot another one.”

13. “I wasn’t willing to sacrifice my game, but I also wasn’t willing to sacrifice my family time. So I decided to sacrifice sleep, and that was that.”

14. “I never felt outside pressure. I knew what I wanted to accomplish, and I knew how much work it took to achieve those goals. I then put in the work and trusted in it. Besides, the expectations I placed on myself were higher than what anyone expected from me.”

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

16. “Heroes come and go, but legends are forever.”

17. “I have self-doubt. I have insecurity. I have fear of failure. I have nights when I show up at the arena and I’m like, ‘My back hurts, my feet hurt, my knees hurt. I don’t have it. I just want to chill.’ We all have self-doubt. You don’t deny it, but you also don’t capitulate to it. You embrace it.”

18. “If you do not believe in yourself no one will do it for you.”

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

20. “you can manipulate an opponent’s strength and use it against them.”

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Inspirational Kobe Bryant Quotes

21. “Some people, after all, enjoy looking at a watch; others are happier figuring out how the watch works.”

22. “If you really want to be great at something, you have to truly care about it. If you want to be great in a particular area, you have to obsess over it.”

23. “A lot of people say they want to be great, but they’re not willing to make the sacrifices necessary to achieve greatness. They have other concerns, whether important or not, and they spread themselves out. That’s totally fine. After all, greatness is not for everybody.”

24. “A lot of leaders fail because they don’t have the bravery to touch that nerve or strike that chord.”

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

26. “Have a good time. Life is too short to get bogged down and be discouraged. You have to keep moving. You have to keep going. Put one foot in front of the other, smile and just keep on rolling.”

27. “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.”

28. “Those times when you get up early and you work hard; those times when you stay up late and you work hard; those times when you don’t feel like working, you’re too tired, you don’t want to push yourself, but you do it anyway; that is actually the dream. That’s the dream. It’s not the destination, it’s the journey.”

29. “Sometimes you need your ego. If you can control it correctly, it can be the difference between excellence and greatness.”

30. “I had to organize things. So I created the ‘Black Mamba’. So Kobe has to deal with these issues, all the personal challenges. The Black Mamba steps on the court and does what he does. I’m destroying everybody that steps on the court.”

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Kobe Bryant Quotes About Hard Work 

31. “When everyone else was thinking it was time for bed, his mind was telling him it’s time to get ahead of the competition.”

32. “If you’re afraid to fail, then you’re probably going to fail. Pain doesn’t telle you when you ought to stop. Pain is the little voice in your head that tries to hold you back beacuse it knows if you continue you will change” -”

33. “This is the moment I accept the most challenging times will always be behind me and in front of me.”

34. “What separates great players from all-time great players is their ability to self-assess, diagnose weaknesses, and turn those flaws into strengths.”

35. “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.”

36. “The most important thing is you must put everybody on notice that you’re here and you are for real.”

37. “If you really want to be great at something you have to truly care about it. If you want to be great in a particular area, you have to obsess over it.”

38. “Once you know what failure feels like, determination chases success.”

39. “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.”

40. “May you always remember to enjoy the road, especially when it’s a hard one.”

Kobe Bryant Quotes About Life

41. “I realized that intimidation didn’t really exist if you’re in the right frame of mind.”

42. “The only aspect that can’t change, though, is that obsession.”

43. “If you want to be a better player, you have to prepare, prepare, and prepare some more.”

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

45. “From the beginning, I wanted to be the best. I had a constant craving, a yearning, to improve and be the best. I never needed any external forces to motivate me.”

46. “The beauty in being blessed with talent is rising above doubters to create a beautiful moment.”

47. “The message was that if you want to win championships, you have to let people focus on what they do best while you focus on what you do best. For him, that was rebounding, running the floor, and blocking shots.”

48. “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.”

49. “To do that, despite the injury, I had to maintain control and dictate where I was going to go with the ball and how I was going to play. I had to, even on one ankle, keep the advantage in my court and never let the defense force me to do something I didn’t want to do. That was the key here, and that’s the key always.”

50. “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.”

51. “I’ve shot too much from the time I was 8 years old. But ‘too much’ is a matter of perspective. Some people thought Mozart had too many notes in his compositions. Let me put it this way: I entertain people who say I shoot too much. I find it very interesting. Going back to Mozart, he responded to critics by saying there were neither too many notes or too few. There were as many as necessary.”

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