Ending Soon! Save 33% on All Access

6 Kobe Bryant Quotes That Will Challenge Your Views on Competition, Leadership and Death The NBA legend's words and wisdom remain as relevant as ever.

By Entrepreneur Staff

Lisa Blumenfeld | Getty Images

During his 20-year tenure with the Los Angeles Lakers, Kobe Bryant was one of the most polarizing people in professional sports. But whether you loved him or hated him, you could not deny Bryant's success at the highest level of basketball. In addition to his NBA MVP award and five NBA championships, Bryant helped lead Team USA to two gold medals in 2008 and 2012.

Bryant was also an 18-time NBA All-Star, second only to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (LeBron James has the most among active players, with 16 All-Star appearances). The NBA will doubtless mourn Bryant at the first All-Star weekend since his untimely and shocking death, but Bryant's legacy will live on.

Here are eight of the superstar's best quotes, which can provide a window into his mindset and help you share some of his Mamba Mentality.

On his relationship with death

"You can't have life without death. Can't have light without the dark. So it's an acceptance of that. When it came time to decide whether or not I should retire, [it was] really an acceptance of that mortality that all athletes face. And if you combat it, you'll always have that inner struggle within yourself. … So … I'm comfortable with it." - CBS, November, 2016

On failing in the playoffs during his rookie season

"A lot of times as a young player, you don't really see how something like that and a situation like that can pay off in the end. But if you use it to drive you and use it to motivate you and stand where I'm standing now, you can look back at it with fond memories." - Daily News, January, 2016

On his leadership style

"I liked challenging people and making them uncomfortable. That's what leads to introspection and that's what leads to improvement. You could say I dared people to be their best selves." - The Mamba Mentality: How I Play, 2018

On competition

"I will choose whether or not your goals for the upcoming season compromise where I want to be in 20 years.

"If they don't, happy hunting to you. But if they do….

"I will hunt you obsessively. It's only natural." - Players Tribute per Daily News, April, 2017

On balancing work with his social life

"Friends hang from time to time. Banners hang forever." - ESPN, June, 2015

On retiring from basketball

"No matter what I do next

"I'll always be that kid

"With the rolled up socks

"Garbage can in the corner

":05 seconds on the clock

"Ball in my hands.

"5 … 4 … 3 … 2 … 1" - Dear Basketball via Players Tribute, November, 2015

Entrepreneur Staff

Entrepreneur Staff

Editor

For more than 30 years, Entrepreneur has set the course for success for millions of entrepreneurs and small business owners. We'll teach you the secrets of the winners and give you exactly what you need to lay the groundwork for success.

Want to be an Entrepreneur Leadership Network contributor? Apply now to join.

Business News

TikTok Reportedly Laid Off a 'Large Percentage' of Employees as the App's Fate in the U.S. Remains Unclear

Laid-off TikTok employees were notified Wednesday night through Thursday morning.

Personal Finance

This Investment Bundle Includes a Trading Course and Stock Screener Tool for $150

Approach the stock market with an increased understanding.

Business News

Four Seasons Orlando Responds to Viral TikTok: 'There's Something Here For All Ages'

The video has amassed over 45.4 million views on TikTok.

Growing a Business

5 Strategies to Know As You Scale Your Business

Scaling a service-based company requires a comprehensive approach that goes beyond simply increasing revenue. It requires careful planning, strategic decision-making and a deep understanding of market dynamics.

Growing a Business

The Right Way to Ask Someone for a Million Dollars, According to a Fundraiser Who Does It For a Living

No matter what you're raising money for, Wanda Urbanskia says, the same basic rules apply.