Kobe Bean Bryant, born in August 23, 1978, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, was an American professional basketball player. He helped lead the Los Angeles Lakers of the NBA to five championships between the period of 2000–02 and 2009–10. His father, Joe, was a professional basketball player who spent eight seasons in the NBA and eight more playing in Italy, where Bryant went to school. Kobe became the second youngest NBA player in history when the 1996–97 seasons opened. He was also a member of the gold medal-winning U.S. men’s basketball teams at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games and the 2012 London Olympic Games. In 2018, he published the book titled ‘The Mamba Mentality: How I Play’, in which he described his approach to basketball. The title reflected a nickname he bestowed upon himself during his playing days, ‘The Black Mamba.’ On January 26, 2020, Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter were among a group traveling to a girls’ basketball game in a helicopter when it crashed, killing all nine people aboard. EliteColumn brings you some of the best quotes by this legendary player.

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