These young guys are playing checkers. I'm out there playing chess.
My parents are my backbone. Still are. They're the only group that will support you if you score zero or you score 40.
Everyting negative - pressure, challenges - is all an opportunity for me to rise.
I've pretty much done all I can here and, you know, God will carry me the rest of the way, so I'm pretty comfortable with that.
You always have to be on edge. You always have to take every practice, every game, like it is your last.
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.
I don't want to be the next Michael Jordan, I only want to be Kobe Bryant.
It's not about the number of hours you practice, it's about the number of hours your mind is present during the practice
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.
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.
Horrible, terrible AAU basketball. It's stupid. It doesn't teach our kids how to play the game at all so you wind up having players that are big and they bring it up and they do all this fancy crap and they don't know how to post. They don't know the fundamentals of the game. It's stupid.
I'm reflective only in the sense that I learn to move forward. I reflect with a purpose.
The guy said NBA players are one in a million, ... I said, 'Man, look, I'm going to be that one in a million.
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.
I'm playing against great players, playing against the best in the world. The competition-that's what I've always wanted.
Basketball is my refuge, my sanctuary. I go back to being a kid on the playground. When I get here, it's all good.
I was just letting the shots fly. You know, I don't leave any bullets in the chamber.
The party's just getting started. This is where the fun starts.
The Black Mamba collection of watches is me: It is my alter ego, so to speak. As I mentioned before, it is sharp, cutting edge and sleek which are characteristics I try to apply when I'm out there on the basketball court.
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.
I'm just right down the middle, man, ... It doesn't matter to me. I'd love him (Phil Jackson) as a coach. It doesn't matter to me. If they want him here, he'll be here. If he wants to come, he'll come, he'll coach and we'll go from there.
It doesn't matter to me what place I get traded to. If I was traded someplace - I'd play anywhere.
The motivation for me is just the game itself, just playing the game the right way and trying to win, compete every time I step out there on the floor. That's motivation enough for me to go out there and play well.
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.
I have my own identity ... The whole Michael thing does drive me nuts sometimes because people won't leave it alone. He's bald, I have hair. He's almost 40, I'm 22. Seriously though, I wish people would let it be and let me just be Kobe.
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