Kobe has been through a lot over his soon to be 18 years in the league, but have you ever asked yourself this: what would 34 year old Kobe Bryant say to 17 year old rookie Kobe Bryant? I think I have an idea of what he would say.
I think he’d tell young Kobe to keep pushing. He’d say, “You are going to be a star, a legend and a world champion. It will not be an easy path, but stay on it. You will go through lots of adversity and injuries, you will meet people on your path who will be more than happy to help you out. You’ll have teammates that you will never forget and you will go through injuries that you’ll play through and succeed while doing so. But, most importantly, you will be a leader, a family man and a champion.”
Kobe Bryant has shown us everything over the years. From hitting game winner after game winner to scoring 81 points in a single game, Kobe has shown us all how to be legendary and to be the best at what you do.
We should not take this man for granted: we are blessed to watch him play basketball. Kobe Bryant was put on this earth to play this game and be one of the best to ever do so.
Yet some people take him for granted and criticize him for no good reason. The question I have is this: when will Kobe Bryant get the credit he deserves?
Sadly, that will happen when Kobe Bryant retires. You are not measured by how many points you average – at the end of your career, you are measured by championships, and in the words of Kobe Bryant himself, “I want to be the best, simple and plain. That’s why I play the game, and to be the best you have to win and that’s what drives me.”
So, sit back, relax and enjoy the ride, because it wont last long. Cherish every moment that this man plays basketball, because in a blink of an eye, it will all be over.
It’s sad to think about but it is the truth, and we’ll all have to face it one day.
This was an article by Mike Nasri. You can follow him on Twitter here: @LakersLDynasty
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