These young guys are playing checkers. I'm out there playing chess.

— Kobe Bryant

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I have nothing in common with lazy people who blame others for their lack of success.

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Everyting negative - pressure, challenges - is all an opportunity for me to rise.

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It's not about the number of hours you practice, it's about the number of hours your mind is present during the practice

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

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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.

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Heroes come and go, but legends are forever.

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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.

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Dropkick Murphys get me going, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Nirvana.

.. plus, all the regular hip-hop stuff.

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You're my backbone. You're a blessing. You're a piece of my heart. You're the air I breathe. And you're the strongest person I know, and I'm so sorry for having to put you through this and having to put our family through this.

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I wear the number 10 Jersey for the US National Team in honour of the Greatest athlete I have ever seen: Messi.

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We all know what flopping is when we see it.

The stuff that you see is where guys aren't really getting hit at all and are just flailing around like a fish out of water.

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The most important thing, the thing that unites all of us, is that we can INSPIRE and CHALLENGE one another TO BE BETTER.

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If you're afraid to fail, then you're probably going to fail.

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About Kobe Bryant

Quotes 177 sayings
Nationality American
Profession Athlete
Birthday October 16

Love me or hate me, it's one or the other.

Always has been. Hate my game, my swagger. Hate my fadeaway, my hunger. Hate that I'm a veteran. A champion. Hate that. Hate it with all your heart. And hate that I'm loved, for the exact same reasons.

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Can I jump over two or three guys like I used to? No.

Am I as fast as I used to be? No, but I still have the fundamentals and smarts. That's what enables me to still be a dominant player. As a kid growing up, I never skipped steps. I always worked on fundamentals because I know athleticism is fleeting.

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When you love something, you'll always come back to it.

You'll always keep asking questions, and finding answers.

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I realize now that there's a strength in dunking that I can use to my advantage.

When you dunk all the time it isn't as demoralizing to the opponent, but when you dunk at a key moment in the game you can use it to change the momentum.

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You have to be true to who you are.

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

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

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You always have to be on edge. You always have to take every practice, every game, like it is your last.

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He shouldn't have been in the NBA, but we were too cheap to pay for a point guard.

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Basketball is my refuge, my sanctuary.

I go back to being a kid on the playground. When I get here, it's all good.

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Everyone looks at your watch and it represents who you are, your values and your personal style.

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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.

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As far as carrying the torch for the years to come, I don't know.

I just want to be the best basketball player I can be.

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Winning takes precedence over all. There's no gray area. No almosts.

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If I panic, everyone else panics.

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I don't want to be the next Michael Jordan, I only want to be Kobe Bryant.

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I was probably born a scorer, but I was made a winner.

Whatever works, whatever wins championships, wins games, that's what I do.

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I wouldn’t say I’m a ball hog. I’m a shooter. I don’t necessarily hog the ball, but I put them up though. I definitely much rather shoot it than pass it. That’s just how I am.

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I'm chasing perfection.

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I don't just try to score. The challenge is elevating my teammates to be able to win a championship.

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Once you open your eyes and start looking around you, you start picking up things that are very obvious.

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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.

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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.

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You want a CEO that understands they need to build a team around them that's sharper and smarter than they are.

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The hunger [to success] is the same, no matter what it is that you're doing.

It's like an unquenchable thirst to learn more, or to feel like you could have done more, and to be brutally honest and self critical, which is very hard to do. It's easy, and human nature is to just blame somebody else. It's very, very hard to self assess.

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What I'm doing right now, I'm chasing perfection.

.. and if I don't get it, I'm going to get this close.

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Difficulty is a nurse of greatness-a harsh nurse, who rocks her foster children roughly, but rocks them in strength and athletic proportion. The mind, grappling with great aims and wrestling with mighty impediments, grows by a certain necessity to the stature of greatness.

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Sports are such a great teacher. I think of everything they've taught me: camaraderie, humility, how to resolve differences.

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Teach players the game at an early age and stop treating them like cash cows for everyone to profit off of.

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The important thing is that your teammates have to know you're pulling for them and you really want them to be successful.

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Being a leader, it's the art of trying to find the balance, the right times with each individual and what they need at that moment. It requires looking outward as opposed to looking inside.

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The guy said NBA players are one in a million, .

.. I said, 'Man, look, I'm going to be that one in a million.

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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.

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I like playing for the purple and gold. This is where I want to finish up.

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Dear Basketball, From the moment I started rolling my dad's tube socks and shooting imaginary game-winning shots ... I fell in love with you.

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The party's just getting started. This is where the fun starts.

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Everything negative - pressure, challenges - is all an opportunity for me to rise.

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