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Life Lesson From Kobe

Kobe Bryant’s untimely death is one that NBA fans will always remember because of how sudden, unexpected, and tragic it was. While Bryant’s time on Earth was way too short, one can still take away several lessons from the life he lived.

Work Ethic

In my opinion, out of all NBA players in history, Kobe Bryant was the hardest worker. Through several true stories, such as Bryant staying after school every day and playing 1-on-1 until he scored 100 points (playing by 1 and 2s), to him practicing his shots at 3 AM while with the USA Olympic team (it’s good to know that practice didn’t start for 8 hours), it’s rather easy to see just how different Bryant was when it came to his work ethic. While I think having HALF of Bryant’s work ethic is way more than enough for the average person, his work ethic, now famously known as the Mamba Mentality, proves that anyone can do anything as long as they set their mind to it. But as you’ll see, Bryant often did this with more than just basketball.

Stepping Outside The Box

It would be much easier for Bryant, or anyone for that matter, to simply stick to what they’re good at and continue doing that. However, Bryant wasn’t all about just sticking to doing what he was good at. Even before his retirement from the NBA in 2016, the Black Mamba had shown how versatile someone can be. He not only continued his studies (he often worked out WHILE studying) despite being in the NBA, but he released a hit rap song in the early 2000s and has done a multitude of things while he was retired. His most noteworthy accomplishment was winning an Oscar and Emmy for his short film, Dear Basketball. Along with this, he also released a children’s book series, which just shows off the possible versatility that anyone can have.

Spending Time With Loved Ones. 

Bryant, despite being a crazy competitor and a hard worker, always found time to spend time with his family. It was well documented that he coached his daughter’s basketball team and would go to Laker games with family. In some way or form, he would always make time for what is most important: family. Family above all peeps.

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My girls and I want to thank the millions of people who’ve shown support and love during this horrific time. Thank you for all the prayers. We definitely need them. We are completely devastated by the sudden loss of my adoring husband, Kobe — the amazing father of our children; and my beautiful, sweet Gianna — a loving, thoughtful, and wonderful daughter, and amazing sister to Natalia, Bianka, and Capri. We are also devastated for the families who lost their loved ones on Sunday, and we share in their grief intimately. There aren’t enough words to describe our pain right now. I take comfort in knowing that Kobe and Gigi both knew that they were so deeply loved. We were so incredibly blessed to have them in our lives. I wish they were here with us forever. They were our beautiful blessings taken from us too soon. I’m not sure what our lives hold beyond today, and it’s impossible to imagine life without them. But we wake up each day, trying to keep pushing because Kobe, and our baby girl, Gigi, are shining on us to light the way. Our love for them is endless — and that’s to say, immeasurable. I just wish I could hug them, kiss them and bless them. Have them here with us, forever. Thank you for sharing your joy, your grief and your support with us. We ask that you grant us the respect and privacy we will need to navigate this new reality. To honor our Team Mamba family, the Mamba Sports Foundation has set up the MambaOnThree Fund to help support the other families affected by this tragedy. To donate, please go to To further Kobe and Gianna’s legacy in youth sports, please visit Thank you so much for lifting us up in your prayers, and for loving Kobe, Gigi, Natalia, Bianka, Capri and me. #Mamba #Mambacita #GirlsDad #DaddysGirls #Family ❤️

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By Hugo Vazquez, Senior, Brooks College Prep



Written by Hugo Vazquez

I'm a hardcore sports fan. I write articles.

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