82+ 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

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

The mindset isn’t about seeking a result it’s more about the process of getting to that result. It’s about the journey and the approach. It’s a way of life. I do think that it’s important, in all endeavors, to have that mentality. 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

A lot of people say they want to be great, but they’re not willing to make the sacrifices necessary to achieve greatness. They have other concerns, whether important or not, and they spread themselves out. That’s totally fine. After all, greatness is not for everybody. Kobe Bryant

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

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

I’m reflective only in the sense that I learn to move forward. I reflect with a purpose. 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 most important thing is to try and inspire people so that they can be great in whatever they want to do. Kobe Bryant

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

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

Those times when you get up early and you work hard; those times when you stay up late and you work hard; those times when you don’t feel like working, you’re too tired, you don’t want to push yourself, but you do it anyway; that is actually the dream. That’s the dream. It’s not the destination, it’s the journey. 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

You can manipulate an opponent’s strength and use it against them. 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

What I mean by that is if I wanted to implement something new into my game, I’d see it and try incorporating it immediately. I wasn’t scared of missing, looking bad, or being embarrassed. That’s because I always kept the end result, the long game, in my mind. I always focused on the fact that I had to try something to get it, and once I got it, I’d have another tool in my arsenal. If the price was a lot of work and a few missed shots, I was ok with that. Kobe Bryant

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

I wasn’t willing to sacrifice my game, but I also wasn’t willing to sacrifice my family time. So I decided to sacrifice sleep, and that was that. Kobe Bryant

I’m chasing perfection. Kobe Bryant

Good coaches tell you where the fish are, great coaches teach you how to find them. 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

If you really want to be great at something you have to truly care about it. If you want to be great in a particular area, you have to obsess over it. Kobe Bryant

Sports are such a great teacher. I think of everything they’ve taught me camaraderie, humility, how to resolve differences. Kobe Bryant

You have to work hard in the dark to shine in the light. 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

Rest at the end, not in the middle. Kobe Bryant

Winning takes precedence over all. There’s no gray area. No almosts. Kobe Bryant People just don’t understand how obsessed I am with winning. Kobe Bryant

The only aspect that can’t change, though, is that obsession. 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

One of the main takeaways was that you have to work hard in the dark to shine in the light. Meaning: It takes a lot of work to be successful, and people will celebrate that success, will celebrate that flash and. 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

Some people, after all, enjoy looking at a watch; others are happier figuring out how the watch works. Kobe Bryant

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

When everyone else was thinking it was time for bed, his mind was telling him it’s time to get ahead of the competition. Kobe Bryant

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

If you want to be a better player, you have to prepare, prepare, and prepare some more. Kobe Bryant

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

You have to dance beautifully in the box that you’re comfortable dancing in. My box was to be extremely ambitious within the sport of basketball. Your box is different than mine. Everybody has their own. It’s your job to try to perfect it and make it as beautiful of a canvas as you can make it. And if you have done that, then you have lived a successful life. You have lived with Mamba Mentality. Kobe Bryant

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

From the beginning, I wanted to be the best. I had a constant craving, a yearning, to improve and be the best. I never needed any external forces to motivate me. 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

What separates great players from all time great players is their ability to self assess, diagnose weaknesses, and turn those flaws into strengths. Kobe Bryant

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

The key, though, is being aware of how you’re feeling and how you need to be feeling. It all starts with awareness. Kobe Bryant

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

A lot of people say they want to be great, but they’re not willing to make the sacrifices necessary to achieve greatness. 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

May you always remember to enjoy the road, especially when it’s a hard one. 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

The only way I was able to pick up details on the court, to be aware of the minutiae on the hardwood, was by training my mind to do that off the court and focusing on every detail in my daily life. By reading, by paying attention in class and in practice, by working, I strengthened my focus. By doing all of that, I strengthened my ability to be present and not have a wandering mind. Kobe Bryant

I draw from the crowd a lot. Kobe Bryant

Walk until the darkness is a memory and you become the sun on the next traveler’s horizon. 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

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

I’m not the most patient of people. 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

One of the main takeaways was that you have to work hard in the dark to shine in the light. Meaning. 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

Good coaches, however, teach you how to think and arm you with the fundamental tools necessary to execute properly. Kobe Bryant

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

To do that, despite the injury, I had to maintain control and dictate where I was going to go with the ball and how I was going to play. I had to, even on one ankle, keep the advantage in my court and never let the defense force me to do something I didn’t want to do. That was the key here, and that’s the key always. 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

If you’re afraid to fail, then you’re probably going to fail. Pain doesn’t telle you when you ought to stop. Pain is the little voice in your head that tries to hold you back beacuse it knows if you continue you will change. 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

The message was that if you want to win championships, you have to let people focus on what they do best while you focus on what you do best. For him, that was rebounding, running the floor, and blocking shots. Kobe Bryant

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

I think the definition of greatness is to inspire the people next to you. 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

I never felt outside pressure. I knew what I wanted to accomplish, and I knew how much work it took to achieve those goals. I then put in the work and trusted in it. Besides, the expectations I placed on myself were higher than what anyone expected from me. 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

After all, greatness is not for everybody. Kobe Bryant

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

One of the qualities that has made Kobe so successful, and always will, is his attention to detail. He always used to tell us if you want to be a better player, you have to prepare, prepare, and prepare some more. 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

Kobe knew that to be the best you need a different approach from everyone else. 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

Simply put, good coaches make sure you know how to use both hands, how to make proper reads, how to understand the game. Good coaches tell you where the fish are, great coaches teach you how to find them. That’s the same at every level. 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

If you really want to be great at something, you have to truly care about it. If you want to be great in a particular area, you have to obsess over it. Kobe Bryant

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

If you’re afraid to fail, then you’re probably going to fail. Pain doesn’t tell you when you ought to stop. Pain is the little voice in your head that tries to hold you back because it knows if you continue you will change. 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

I hope you enjoy reading this collection of powerful Kobe Bryant quotes. Let me know which one you like most.

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