149+ Best Kobe Bryant Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Kobe Bean Bryant was an American professional basketball player. Profoundly inspirational Kobe Bryant quotes will challenge the way you think, and make your life worth living.

Famous Kobe Bryant Quotes

These young guys are playing checkers. I’m out there playing chess. – Kobe Bryant

The most important thing is to try and inspire people so that they can be great in whatever they want to do. – Kobe Bryant

I have nothing in common with lazy people who blame others for their lack of success. – Kobe Bryant

Great things come from hard work and perseverance. No excuses. – Kobe Bryant

You want a CEO that understands they need to build a team around them that’s sharper and smarter than they are. – Kobe Bryant

I’m playing against great players, playing against the best in the world. The competition-that’s what I’ve always wanted. – Kobe Bryant

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. – Kobe Bryant

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. – Kobe Bryant

I think that game is a testament to what happens when you put no ceiling to what you’re capable of doing. – Kobe Bryant

Are you willing to push the right buttons even if it means being perceived as the villain? … I’d rather be perceived as a winner than a good teammate. I wish they both went hand in hand all the time but that’s just not reality. … I have nothing in common with lazy people who blame others for their lack of success. – Kobe Bryant

I’m focused on the task that lies ahead for us. – Kobe Bryant

There’s a difference [between taking a charge and flopping]. We all know what flopping is when we see it. The stuff that you see is where guys aren’t really getting hit at all and are just flailing around like a fish out of water. That’s kind of like, where are your balls at? – Kobe Bryant

The topic of leadership is a touchy one. A lot of leaders fail because they don’t have the bravery to touch that nerve or strike that chord. Throughout my years, I haven’t had that fear. – Kobe Bryant

I didn’t expect this award [the 2008 MVP] would come to me. I’m surprised. I’ve played pretty well in other seasons. Our team hasn’t been as good. Things just fell into place. – Kobe Bryant

I don’t have to hear that criticism, that idotic criticism anymore. – Kobe Bryant

The people who truly know me know what I’m like. There have been people who try to say things that aren’t fair, and I check them. And then they don’t like me because I checked them. – Kobe Bryant

Just got one more than Shaq. You can take that to the bank. – Kobe Bryant

Eeew, I’d be a little uncomfortable Googling myself. People sit there – and Google themselves? That’s kind of weird. – Kobe Bryant

It’s hard for me to grasp the concept of somebody being nervous when I’m talking to them. – Kobe Bryant

I grew up in front of these people, and now they are seeing me as an ‘older’ young man. – Kobe Bryant

I’m more than comfortable just sitting back and scoring 21, 22 points or whatever and getting 10, 11 assists whatever the case might be. More than comfortable with that. It’s just a matter of the pieces that you have around you and what you can do to elevate everybody else. – Kobe Bryant

I love going one-on-one with someone. That’s what I do. I’ve never lost. It’s a whole different game, just to have them right in front of you and be able to do whatever you want. – Kobe Bryant

I’m here. I’m not going anywhere. No matter what the injury – unless it’s completely debilitating – I’m going to be the same player I’ve always been. I’ll figure it out. I’ll make some tweaks, some changes, but I’m still coming. – Kobe Bryant

I won’t react to something just because I’m supposed to, because I’m an African-American. – Kobe Bryant

Everybody wants to talk about NBA players being selfish and arrogant and individuals. But what you saw today was a team bonding and facing adversity and coming out with a big win. – Kobe Bryant

I’m just so excited. We all are. We’ve been waiting for this [the gold medal] for years now and it’s finally here. This meant so much. It just felt so good. – Kobe Bryant

To be honest with you, I (would) much rather play basketball and not be famous. – Kobe Bryant

By eloquence I understand those appeals to our moral perceptions that produce emotion as soon as they are uttered. This is the very enthusiasm that is the parent of poetry. Let the same man go to his closet and clothe in numbers conceptions full of the same fire and spirit, and they will be poetry. – Kobe Bryant

Only an idiot would doubt my return – Kobe Bryant

That argument doesn’t make any sense to me. So we want to advance as a society and as a culture, but, say, if something happens to an African-American, we immediately come to his defense? Yet you want to talk about how far we’ve progressed as a society? Well, if we’ve progressed as a society, then you don’t jump to somebody’s defense just because they’re African-American. You sit and you listen to the facts just like you would in any other situation, right? So I won’t assert myself. – Kobe Bryant

My brain cannot process failure… It WILL not process failure – Kobe Bryant

If you don’t believe in yourself…nobo dy else will. – Kobe Bryant

Everything has a purpose. And that purpose has a story that goes along with it. It just depends on what your passion is. – Kobe Bryant

There’s a choice that we have to make as people, as individuals. If you want to be great at something, there’s a choice you have to make. 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. – Kobe Bryant

I was probably born a scorer, but I was made a winner. Whatever works, whatever wins championships, wins games, that’s what I do. – Kobe Bryant

Difficulty is a nurse of greatness-a harsh nurse, who rocks her foster children roughly, but rocks them in strength and athletic proportion. The mind, grappling with great aims and wrestling with mighty impediments, grows by a certain necessity to the stature of greatness. – Kobe Bryant

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. – Kobe Bryant

I was shooting 45 times a game. What was I supposed to do? Pass it into Chris Mihm & Kwame Brown? – Kobe Bryant

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. – Kobe Bryant

There’s a reason why players that have multiple championships have multiple championships. There’s a certain characteristic and an understanding and knowledge and that’s not something that’s easily taught. You kind of have to go through it and it kind of has to be part of your DNA from the beginning. – Kobe Bryant

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. – Kobe Bryant

If I panic, everyone else panics. – Kobe Bryant

I played T-Mac. I cooked him. Roasted him. Wasn’t even close. – Kobe Bryant

I have self-doubt. I have insecurity. I have fear of failure. I have nights when I show up at the arena and I’m like, ‘My back hurts, my feet hurt, my knees hurt. I don’t have it. I just want to chill.’ We all have self-doubt. You don’t deny it, but you also don’t capitulate to it. You embrace it. – Kobe Bryant

The guy said NBA players are one in a million, … I said, ‘Man, look, I’m going to be that one in a million. – Kobe Bryant

The party’s just getting started. This is where the fun starts. – Kobe Bryant

The important thing is that your teammates have to know you’re pulling for them and you really want them to be successful. – Kobe Bryant

It’s not a question of if we make the playoffs; we will. And when we get there, I have no fear of anyone. – Kobe Bryant

I was just letting the shots fly. You know, I don’t leave any bullets in the chamber. – Kobe Bryant

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. – Kobe Bryant

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

I focus on one thing and one thing only – that’s trying to win as many championships as I can. – 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 – Kobe Bryant

If you want to make history, you have to do historic things – Kobe Bryant

Everyting negative – pressure, challenges – is all an opportunity for me to rise. – Kobe Bryant

Heroes come and go, but legends are forever. – Kobe Bryant

Once you know what it is in life that you want to do, then the world basically becomes your library. Everything you view, you can view from that perspective, which makes everything a learning asset for you. – Kobe Bryant

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. – Kobe Bryant

If you’re afraid to fail, then you’re probably going to fail. – Kobe Bryant

I never tried to prove anything to someone else. I wanted to prove something to myself. – Kobe Bryant

I’ve known for a long time that they’re a bunch of idiots. – Kobe Bryant

You just stay patient, that’s all. – Kobe Bryant

You have to be true to who you are. – Kobe Bryant

You always have to be on edge. You always have to take every practice, every game, like it is your last. – Kobe Bryant

Each moment of my life I was dreaming of how great I could be, and continued working hard. Each time I closed my eyes I could see me shining bright like a sun. – Kobe Bryant

There is power in understanding the journey of others to help create your own – Kobe Bryant

Listen to how everyone is talking about you. You have to use it as fuel for motivation. – Kobe Bryant

When you love something, you’ll always come back to it. You’ll always keep asking questions, and finding answers. – Kobe Bryant

If you see me in a fight with a bear, pray for the bear. – Kobe Bryant

I wanna be the best, simple and plain – Kobe Bryant

You can’t be held captive by the fear of failure or the fear of what people may say. – Kobe Bryant

We all can be masters at our craft, but you have to make sacrifices that come along with making that decision. – Kobe Bryant

If you make it, great. If you miss it – what’s there to be afraid of? – Kobe Bryant

Dropkick Murphys get me going, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Nirvana… plus, all the regular hip-hop stuff. – Kobe Bryant

What people see on court is another side of me; it’s not me. – Kobe Bryant

You want me to own a team and deal with these rich, spoiled stubborn athletes, and try to get them to perform? No thank you. – Kobe Bryant

My parents are my backbone. Still are. They’re the only group that will support you if you score zero or you score 40. – Kobe Bryant

One thing you gotta know about me is I have absolutely no filter. I have no problem saying what the hell I think of someone. – Kobe Bryant

I’m reflective only in the sense that I learn to move forward. I reflect with a purpose. – Kobe Bryant

Can I jump over two or three guys like I used to? No. Am I as fast as I used to be? No, but I still have the fundamentals and smarts. That’s what enables me to still be a dominant player. As a kid growing up, I never skipped steps. I always worked on fundamentals because I know athleticism is fleeting. – Kobe Bryant

Everyone looks at your watch and it represents who you are, your values and your personal style. – Kobe Bryant

If there were camera phones back in the day, the biggest athletes in the world would have had a lot of explaining to do. – Kobe Bryant

I’ve got four dogs, and I just don’t do dog doo. I’m a diva when it comes to that. – Kobe Bryant

Christmas morning, I’m going to open presents with my kids. I’m going to take pictures of them opening the presents. Then I’m going to come to the Staples Center and get ready to work. – Kobe Bryant

It’s different from being 21 and you think there’s endless amount of opportunities. At 33, the ending is much, much closer. – Kobe Bryant

It never bothered me when people would say, ‘You only win championships because you’re playing with Shaq.’ It bothered me when he said it. – Kobe Bryant

People just don’t understand how obsessed I am with winning. – Kobe Bryant

I like playing for the purple and gold. This is where I want to finish up. – Kobe Bryant

I don’t talk trash often, but when I do, I go for the jugular. – Kobe Bryant

I don’t want to be the next Michael Jordan, I only want to be Kobe Bryant. – Kobe Bryant

Winning takes precedence over all. There’s no gray area. No almosts. – Kobe Bryant

In an individual sport, yes, you have to win titles. Baseball’s different. But basketball, hockey? One person can control the tempo of a game, can completely alter the momentum of a series. There’s a lot of great individual talent. – Kobe Bryant

The only thing I’m afraid of is bees. I don’t like bees. I’m allergic to them. – Kobe Bryant

Twitter is great to connect with fans and be transparent. I enjoy that aspect about it. But really, I’m still trying to figure it out. – Kobe Bryant

I don’t think a coach becomes the right coach until he wins a championship. – Kobe Bryant

I’m extremely willful to win, and I respond to challenges. Scoring titles and stuff like that… it sounds, well, I don’t care how it sounds – to me, scoring comes easy. It’s not a challenge to me to win the scoring title, because I know I can. – Kobe Bryant

Pooper scooper? Yeah, I’ve done it a few times. Every once in a while, you have to. – Kobe Bryant

It’s disgusting, but my father taught me when your mouth gets dry, just suck the sweat out of your own jersey. There’s no bravado to any of it; it’s just a disgusting little trick. – Kobe Bryant

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. – Kobe Bryant

Magic has five championships. I have five championships. I’m pretty sure we both know what we’re doing. – Kobe Bryant

At the end of 2003, my game was complete. Shooting, defense, using the dribble, transition, midrange stuff was all there. Then it was about fine-tuning and trying to improve in each area. – Kobe Bryant

We all know what flopping is when we see it. The stuff that you see is where guys aren’t really getting hit at all and are just flailing around like a fish out of water. – Kobe Bryant

When we all walked in, you could feel their spirits being uplifted, like they felt very encouraged and happy that we were there. It was just real cool to see that. To be able to go back (to New Orleans), play a game there and be able to uplift them again, that’s special. – Kobe Bryant

We both know what we need to do. And we’re both determined to make it happen. – Kobe Bryant

We botched the play up and didn’t execute it right. The spacing was messed up. We had a nice screen and roll situation. … We just didn’t execute if properly. – Kobe Bryant

We’re more than good. It’s beyond comprehension. That’s my guy. We go out on the road. After games, we sit and talk. We review film on the plane. That’s why it bothers me when somebody says something like that. – Kobe Bryant

We’re pleased with the way we played. We feel good. – Kobe Bryant

We’re just not going to do it, period. – Kobe Bryant

We’re a young team. We tend to be very up and down, which you expect with a young team. Sometimes we play extremely well, sometimes we don’t. The main thing is when you go through stretches when you don’t play very well is to try to stop the bleeding before it starts bleeding profusely. – Kobe Bryant

We’re starting to play with more of a purpose now, and a clear concept of what we’re trying to accomplish out there. – Kobe Bryant

We wanted to win the game, the game was in the bag, it was in the refrigerator. There was no reason for me to go back in. – Kobe Bryant

We’re playing good basketball. We feel like we can carry it over into the playoffs. – Kobe Bryant

We’ve been joking with him because he’s gotten extremely close in a bunch of games. He’s in a great rhythm. He knows where shots are coming from, he knows where the assists are coming from, how to set the table. It’s fun to watch. – Kobe Bryant

We really hustled, we got after them, played with a high energy level and rebounded the ball extremely well. – Kobe Bryant

We’re a really young team that comes into this hostile environment playing against a championship contender. And we didn’t play well. I mean, at all. And we found ourselves in a position where we should’ve won this ballgame. – Kobe Bryant

When I was 14 or 15 he started cheating. He’d elbow me in the mouth, rip my lip open. – Kobe Bryant

We needed a challenge like this, … I think we did a good job keeping our poise when they jumped out to an early lead. Everybody just kind of stayed with it. – Kobe Bryant

Oh yeah? That’s pretty good company — excellent company. – Kobe Bryant

Shoot, the guy schooled me. What do you expect? – Kobe Bryant

Shaq is Goliath. I was just playing off him, … They collapse on him and make it hard for him to breathe down there. Then that?s when I take over. – Kobe Bryant

My hand was bothering me. It was tough for me to shoot the ball. I asked the team to put up the steam a little bit. – Kobe Bryant

Phil and I kind of have an understanding, … A lot of things are said without being said. I’m the type of person, I can just move on from something. – Kobe Bryant

If we’re in a situation where I need to put points on the board, then I’ll do it. I really do it on a needed basis. I don’t do it just to do it. I don’t try to go into a game saying, ‘this is what I’m going to do.’ We’ve had a couple games where my teammates were struggling shooting the ball. Then I take it over. – Kobe Bryant

I got some pretty good sleep. I’m just so excited. I don’t really need much sleep right now. – Kobe Bryant

If this is a formula that’s going to carry us the rest of the season, I don’t know. It’s a pretty good formula for us. We’ll see if we can keep it going. – Kobe Bryant

I don’t feel pressure. I just go out and do what I do. – Kobe Bryant

I don’t know what to say. I’m happy to win MVP in Philadelphia. The booing was just hurtful. But it’s not going to ruin this day for me. – Kobe Bryant

I don’t care about 50 points. It doesn’t matter at all. … Weird things happen in the NBA. This was one of them. – Kobe Bryant

I am just blessed. I have just been blessed to be able to play this game. I am just very fortunate. – Kobe Bryant

I’m always going to look to be aggressive and take those shots, but we let this one get away because we lacked defensive intensity in the fourth quarter. – Kobe Bryant

I look forward to it. You know he’s going to compete no matter if it’s the All-Star game, on the playground, or versus the Lakers. He’s going to compete hard. – Kobe Bryant

I had in my mind that it was just going to be a really sad sight, … But when you walk in you see that everybody was just real spirited. There was a lot of energy in there — a lot of resolve and determination to bounce back. – Kobe Bryant

I had two guys on me. Somebody else should’ve been open. – Kobe Bryant

I found out 30 minutes before the game, and was told that I would have to handle the bench. – Kobe Bryant

from a business perspective, it’s great for the NBA… Notoriety sells. – Kobe Bryant

I enjoy seeing how we respond in big games. Most of our guys haven’t played with this much hype before. – Kobe Bryant

I don’t think it’s a story. The guy’s in Miami. I mean, who … cares? – Kobe Bryant

From the start of the series we’ve been playing extremely well, moving the ball, reading the defense well. It’s been a progress. – Kobe Bryant

He taught me how to play the game. He’s the coach, I’m the player, … We don’t think we’re going to have any problems. – Kobe Bryant

He has been solid for us all year. Now he’s putting points on the board, which is very popular with the people. – Kobe Bryant

We can have all the excuses in the world. You can say we’re young, we have guys hurt, but we just have man up and be ready to play every night. – Kobe Bryant

We’ve been through so much. When I try to play the game, I try to please him. So when he’s happy with my performance, it makes me happy because I learned the game from him. He taught me how to play. – Kobe Bryant

We’re not worried about getting him more touches. We’re worried about winning the game and getting everybody better looks. – Kobe Bryant

What I saw today was a collection of people who have obviously been through a devastating time but are not down. Their spirits are not down. It’s a bounce-back kind of attitude and energy that I got from them. … Their energy is just tremendous. – Kobe Bryant

What I’m doing right now, I’m chasing perfection. – Kobe Bryant

Today I brought some champagne into the locker room. They all wanted to spray it around, but I said no, we’ll sip it from a glass. I told them next year, when we win it all, we’ll spray it around then. – Kobe Bryant

He’s helping to protect our country, … It’s a chance for me to give back. I’m deeply honored to be here. It goes beyond words. To request my presence to be here, it’s unbelievable. – Kobe Bryant

His strength is really to get everybody on the same page, … He’s masterful at doing it. We’re just going to follow his lead. Anybody who wins that many championships puts the opposition in a defensive position. – Kobe Bryant

He’s been doing the defensive part all year long. Sometimes, the people want more. Tonight he gave them more. – Kobe Bryant

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