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Remembering Kobe Bryant, His Inspiring Quotes and Lakers Honor Memory

On January 26, 2020, an unthinkable loss occurred, the death of legendary NBA star Kobe Bryant, his daughter, and seven of his friends in a helicopter crash… Here are his memorable quotes, and how the Lakers honor his memory.

Remembering Kobe Bryant

All around the world, people are remembering the death of legendary basketball great Kobe Bryant, who tragically perished in a helicopter crash along with his daughter and seven friends, one year ago today on January 26, 2020.

Kobe was 41 at the time and his daughter Gianna was 13.

His widow, Vanessa Bryant, 38, mourned her husband Kobe and daughter Gianna on the first anniversary of the fatal accident, People reported.

“I will never understand why/how this tragedy could’ve happened to such beautiful, kind and amazing human beings,” Vanessa Bryant captioned an Instagram quote which contained a moving note from Gianna’s best friend.

Kobe Bryant was one of the greatest basketball players to ever play the game. As a shooting guard in the NBA, he spent his entire 20-year career with the Los Angeles Lakers. He helped the team when five NBA championships, was an 18-time All-Star, as well as the 2008 MVP of the NBA, and a two-time NBA finals MVP.

He led the NBA twice in scoring, and holds the rank of number four on two separate lists: All-time MBA scoring in a season and all-time postseason scoring.

Inspirational quotes from Kobe Bryant

Here are some memorable quotes from Kobe Bryant, taken from interviews over the years.

On persistence

“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.”

– From 2008 interview.

On work ethic

“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.”

– Via the New York Post

On inspiring the next generation

“I remain focused on changing the world in positive ways through diverse stories, characters and leadership in order to inspire the next generation.”

– Via the New York Post

On sacrificing to achieve

“We all can be masters at our craft, but you have to make a choice. 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. There are sacrifices that come along with making that decision.”

– From the 2015 documentary “Kobe Bryant’s Muse

On failure

“When we are saying this cannot be accomplished, this cannot be done, then we are short-changing ourselves. My brain, it cannot process failure. It will not process failure. Because if I have to sit there and face myself and tell myself, ‘You’re a failure,’ I think that is worse, that is almost worse than death.”

– From the 2015 documentary “Kobe Bryant’s Muse

Lakers remember Kobe Bryant

The Lakers broke their huddles with the chant: “Mamba on three… One, two, three – Mamba!”

“There’s a lot of things that die in this world,” Lebron James said. “But legends never die and he’s exactly that… It’s all about representing that.”

“We want to represent what he stood for,” Coach Frank Vogel said three days after Bryant’s death a year ago, the Los Angeles Times reported. “We want to represent what he stood for.”

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