Kobe Bryant a Legend gone too soon. One Man Can Change the World.

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On January 26, 2020 Kobe Bryant his daughter Gianna and 7 others died in a helicopter crash.

Kobe was only 41 and considered the greatest basketball player of this era. Gianna only 13 was a rising basketball star who seemed destined hoops stardom.

To those like myself who not only watched Kobe on the court but followed Mamba Mentality there is only shock and disbelief. Like Ali Kobe was that man.

Kobe was like no other athlete I can remember. His love of basketball, winning and vigor for life was unparalleled. He didn’t  have to mince words.

“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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Kobe was a generational player an athlete who was unlike anyone we had seen before. But what surprised many non basketball fans is the success he had off the court after retiring.

Kobe loved life and was not just an assassin on the court but in everything he touched off the court.

To say Kobe Bean Bryant was charismatic was an understatement. Anyone who has a daughter can tell his love for his family and Gianna.

I haven’t slept well for days because Kobe and his daughter Gianna left this earth too soon. A shock that millions of fans are feeling.

As I watch the tributes, replays and talk shows about Kobe. One thing is clear. Kobe loved life, Vanessa his daughters.  He embraced life like all the greats do with relentless determination. Kobes infectious smile and personality, his clenched fist after a jumper.

“It doesn’t bother me at all. Do I hold any hard feelings? Not at all. Life is too short to sit around and hold grudges. I don’t hold any whatsoever.” – Kobe Bryant

Kobe defied and banished every single doubt anyone ever had of him, and he plowed through obstacles as if they were invisible. That there was something he couldn’t beat—the unpredictability of life—is something I will never fully comprehend. Jemelle Hill

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Kobe’s Mamba Mentality

Kobe Bryant Mamba Mentality

Kobe’s new book Mamba Mentality gives an insight about the greatest player of this era.

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With the preface by Pau Gasol and Phil Jackson on Mamba, we get a further view of Kobe a man obsessed with perfection.

“My Midnight workouts have become a thing of Legends.” Kobe Bryant

Every NBA fan owes something to the way Kobe played basketball for the Lakers. Twenty years of no excuses and a dedication to hoops that made Mamba unbeatable.

“To sum up what Mamba Mentality is, it means to be able to constantly try to be the best version of yourself,” Bryant said.

“That is what the Mentality is,” he added. “It’s a constant quest to try to better today than you were yesterday.”

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Kobe’s Mamba Mentality

Kobe’s new book Mamba Mentality gives an insight about the greatest player of this era.

0374201234

With the preface by Pau Gasol and Phil Jackson on Mamba, we get a further view of Kobe a man obsessed with perfection.

“My Midnight workouts have become a thing of Legends.” Kobe Bryant

Every NBA fan owes something to the way Kobe played basketball for the Lakers. Twenty years of no excuses and a dedication to hoops that made Mamba unbeatable.

“To sum up what Mamba Mentality is, it means to be able to constantly try to be the best version of yourself,” Bryant said.

“That is what the Mentality is,” he added. “It’s a constant quest to try to better today than you were yesterday.”

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Isaiah happy to be with Lakers

In his first game wearing the purp and yellow, Isaiah Thomas scored 22 points and dished out 6 assists.

Thomas made a statement that shouted, “I’m back.” It was nice to see a PG, that wasn’t scared to take the shot.
“I was brainwashed into being a Laker fan as a young boy. And Kobe has been my favorite player. It hasn’t hit me yet that I am a Laker. But when I do look at gear, my locker, my jersey, it’s like, ‘Dang. I always dreamed of it. It’s finally here.’ I’m happy to be here. I just want to put on a show and try to take over this city like I tried to do each and every other city I’ve been in.”

Lakers get Thomas and Frye, Nance and Clarkson gone.

The #Lakers surprised everyone with a huge trade with the Cavs. Fan favorites Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance were traded for Isaiah Thomas, Channin Frye.

The Lakers also received the Cavs first round pick.

Magic and Pelinka were honest, stating they wanted to win championships and not be in 11th place.

Thomas was not happy with LeBron James and could be a mentor to Lonzo Ball.

With the NBA deadline only a few hours away, are Julius Randle and Jordan Clarkson history?

The Lakers have Been winning lately in a season that the playoffs look doubtful.

One of the main reasons for the success is Julius Randle and his bully ball, down low banging.

Another effective piece is Filipino scorer Jordan Clarkson who never met a shot he didn’t like.

The core of Ingram, Kuz, Hart an the injured Ball have shown flashes if the future.

But the Lakers need shooters and two max’s they tell us. Isn’t that why the let DLo Go?

Magic and Pelinka about to either trade or play Poker face. Let’s win now.

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Kobe releases Protro

Lot of us are thinking why is Kobe making sneaks that kook like they from the 90s? We all love the modern feel of the Kobes brand the last 2 decades.

This shoe goes back to the past, the 90s style leather, hightops, balling on hard courts.

“Protro is about evolution and improving on things that were,” says Bryant. “I wanted to build a business that wasn’t just based on things I have done in the past. It is important that the brand stands for performance and that everything we do is innovative, even if we are releasing shoes from the past they still must be built on performance.”

Kobe takes Kaepernick challenge for Charity

Kobe accepts Kaepernick challenge and gives 10K for Youth Service Inc. Charity in Philadelphia.

After being black balled by the #NFL for protesting police shootings of black men and systematic racism.

Kaepernick pledged to give a million to charity and has started social awareness campaign on police brutality and racism.

Kobe had mentioned if still playing he would take a knee.

Like Ali, Kaepernick has started a revolution with this heroic act.

Lakers young core learning as trade deadline approaches

The Lakers head to Brooklyn with a 19-31 record and no Lonzo Ball.

They face former Laker first round pick, D’Angelo Russell. The real question is, whether Randle or Clarkson, will be traded by Feb 8th.

The previous game against Orlando was a no show by the Lakers. As the Magic played a dispirited squad.

With 32 games left, fans hope the Lakers will give effort on the remainder of the season.

Photo by Kishan Mistry in Toronto.

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Kobe Bryant Mamba tops Forbes List

Kobe Bryant ranked No. 33 on Forbes 2016 look at the 40 Richest Entrepreneurs Under 40 with a net worth of $350 million. He finished just behind Instacart founderApoorva Mehta and GitHub co-founder Chris Wanstrath, who are both worth an estimated $360 million. Behind Bryant is boxer Floyd Mayweather and Honest founder Jessica Albawith fortunes of $340 million.

Chopra and Bryant produce Kobe Bryant’s The Muse

@KobeBryantApna: Bryant and Chopra are producers of Kobe Bryant’s Muse. kobebryant.ca More insights with the GOAT. http://twitter.com/KobeBryantApna/status/569047725318098944/photo/1
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Probably during my second year [in the NBA]. It takes more time to keep those relationships going. I was just really obsessive about becoming one of the all-time greats. I just loved playing the game so much that everything took a back seat. But I had to make a choice. Once I made that decision, the game became everything to me.
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