You don't have to be a basketball fan or even a Los Angeles Lakers fan to have been rocked by the shocking news. Yes, Kobe Bryant -- the "Black Mamba," a five-time world-champion and arguably one of the top five NBA players to ever don a jersey -- left us earlier this morning when the helicopter he was in crashed in the Los Angeles area. He was 41.
Kobe wasn't just another wealthy high-profile athlete -- there are plenty of those around these days. He was a winner, iconic businessman and venture capitalist who owned and grew brands in the sports industry and invested millions in different businesses including media, data, gaming, and technology.
To celebrate Kobe's legacy, I have selected 15 of the best quotes captured over his 20-year basketball career and recent retirement that will help inspire entrepreneurs everywhere.
"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."
"The important thing is that your teammates have to know you're pulling for them and you really want them to be successful."
"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."
"The last time I was intimidated was when I was 6 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 s--less. 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."
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