It goes without saying that pragmatically speaking, one should gather all their innate power and conduct it to whatever activity or work they put their mind too. Kobe Bryant was an exemplary figure and his accolades both in and out of the NBA are testament to the man’s hardworking nature. Some can be considered very terrified by a lifestyle that requires a “24/7” work ethic where your work becomes your obsession above all else. Kobe Bryant did not love the game of basketball, he was ‘in love’ with the game as he so sentimentally stated in his Oscar winning short film.
It was common practise for him to practise shots in the gym at 5am and being the very last to leave despite his blatant ability. One would think he would become complacent but humility and hunger for the game is what evacuated any sense of inadequacy. 5 NBA championships, fourth highest NBA all-time scorer and a regular season MVP does not appropriately paint the picture of this great man. What do accolades mean to a man that played until the age of 37. The injuries he accrued throughout his career would have permanently side lined any average player but the DNA from his ‘airness’ Michael Jordan was definitely present in Kobe Bryant.
Death in general really brings about thoughts about mortality. Life is not perennial, and we all know this but we live with the blissful ignorance that the end is never soon. With the news of Kobe Bryant’s passing and his daughter Gianna alongside the other members who perished, it really puts into perspective that no one and nothing is inevitable. However, as we live I am sure it is part of Kobe’s trademark ‘Mamba Mentality’ that you must persevere through all circumstances and that means the work rate must stay 24/8. The impossible is always possible and that being said we must not be stuck on trivial issues and instead must live knowing love conquers all. As cold of a character as Kobe seemed, he had a lot of love to give and this is shown by his involvement in many charities and setting the Mamba Sports Academy designed to enhance and educated the sporting lives of many people.
As an icon and legend, I cannot state enough how much the world will miss Kobe Bryant. He was inspirational in all aspects of his character from his work ethic to his ability to be a multi-faceted man who could thrive in any industry.
Rest in Perfect Peace to Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna, a budding basketball player who was following her father’s footsteps; baseball coach John Altobelli, his wife, Keri, and their basketball-playing daughter Alyssa; mother and daughter Sarah and Payton Chester; Mamba Academy basketball coach Christina Mauser; and pilot Ara Zobayan.
By Joe Nyandoro