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Kobe Remembered by Beloit Students

Kobe Bryant: a name everyone around the globe knew. A legend that dominated on and off the court worth over 600 million dollars. But it was never about the money; it was about the impact that he left on millions of people around the world through a simple game. 

He gave people hope, showing that anything is possible if you work hard enough to accomplish your dreams. An inspiration to generations, Kobe Bryant developed the Mamba mentality, which he used to propel himself to the top of the NBA. 

“You’re not worried about what people may say. You’re not worried about disappointing others. You’re not worried about any of that, you’re just focused on being in the moment. That’s what mamba mentality truly is,” Bryant said in an interview to SB Nation back in 2017. 

This “mentality” that he created made him one of the most respected athletes of all time. 

   “Kobe Bryant will forever be an icon,” said Ajani Joseph’23. “Kobe proved to all aspiring sportsmen that you can achieve if you work hard. He was the first player to enter the NBA straight out of high school and have such a successful career. He often preached that there was no substitute for hard work. Kobe was a role model for all the basketball players and athletes whilst he played, and he continued after his playing career was over. The Black Mamba’s work ethic has inspired me to aim high and work hard to achieve my goals. He personified of the corny cliches about hard work and chasing dreams and made them more relatable.”  

   Bryant’s career accomplishments in the NBA included: 5-time champion, 2-time Olympic Champion, 15-time All-NBA, 12-time All-Defensive Team, 2-time NBA Finals Most Valuable Player, NBA Most Valuable Player. 

 “He keeps people going with his motivation. That mamba mentality you know. I was bench pressing the other day and I was struggling but I thought of the mamba mentality to get my last rep in,” said Cameron Alonso’22. 

 In his 20 year career in the NBA, playing 1,346 games he averaged 25 points, 5.2 rebounds, and 4.7 assists per game. This mentality not only helped him on the court but off the court as well. This was reflected in the way he was a dad. 

 “I’m going to approach being a dad as if I need to be the single best father who ever lived, “ said Sports Illustrated Senior Writer Chirs Ballard to Bleacher Report in an interview about Bryant’s approach to raising his children.

 Sadly, one of his daughters, Gianna, passed away with him. She was 13 years old.   

Kobe Bryant will also be remebered for publicly apologizing for the rape of a 19-year-old girl in Colorado in 2003. Although this event occurred in his life, we can remember Bryant for the sum of his character.    

 “Post-retirement, I feel like Kobe was going to accomplish more than what he did on the court. He was a loving father who put his children ahead of everything,” said Charlie Holguin’20. 

 Moments like these put the world into perspective, teaching us to hug our loved tighter and to not take for granted the life that we have. Kobe will forever be remembered for his work on and off the court but also for the family man that he was. 

   “As an individual, Kobe motivated me to strive, work hard and achieve.  The world has lost a terrific human being in his physical form, but by embracing his mamba mentality and acting in his likeness, he is immortalized and will exist forever,” Joseph added. 

  Kobe Bryant. Not just the basketball player. The role model. The teammate. The leader. The son. The brother. The Dad. The husband…will be remembered forever. 

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