Keep that Mamba Mentality Going (A Tribute to Kobe Bryant)
By PJ Chandra
“Let that shit go,” cried Jay Williams on ESPN. My heart stopped. He was right. Why do we get so bogged down with little, petty arguments over the dumbest things? Why do we take small things so seriously? Why don’t we spend more time loving and caring for each other? Not to sound like High School Musical but we truly are “all in this together.” We are all here on this earth together. Loving each other. Caring for each other. Being with each other. Kobe Bryant is no longer here. The 5 time NBA champion, 2 time NBA MVP, 11 time NBA all fir- Stop. Just stop. Kobe Bryant’s accolades on the court were historical and what he did on the court in Los Angeles was phenomenal. However, that’s not what’s important right now. Gianna Maria-Onore Bryant. 13 years old. Gone in the blink of an eye to a fluke helicopter crash. Vanessa Bryant. Loses her husband and daughter in the blink of an eye. Left to raise three daughters without a father. What does this say about life?
As aforementioned, life is truly too short to focus on the small things that affect us. I watched this video the other day with someone close to me about how much time we truly have on this earth. If we work 5 days a week, only truly enjoy weekends, get 8 hours of sleep, do monotonous chores, we only have about 11 years to live life after the age of 22. Considering you die from an accident or health incident. I was utterly shocked and scared My eyes were opened. I realized that I have to maximize life and be with the ones I care about and love everyday.
I am not alone in this, NBA Player Kendrick Perkins was having true beef with NBA Superstar Kevin Durant than sincerely apologized saying, “ Love you my brother and whatever I did to hurt you I’m sorry bro and hope you forgive me!!! I love you bro real Talk!” This immediately caused me to reflect on my own life. I did something I should have done a while ago; I reached out to two individuals I have had a long clamoring fight with and apologized. We talked through it and . I know that it’s the small things and steps like this we can all take to better ourselves in life.
Kobe Bryant has been apart of my life he went to highschool fifteen minutes from me. The gym there is named after him. I’ve been to that high school a half dozen times for sports and have always marveled at the Kobe memorabilia they have and how the community treasures and loves him. Seeing Lower Merion High School lay out jerseys, put down flowers, and gather there and at the Staples Center for this one man really made me
Some of us are lucky enough to see Kobe Bryant play in his prime We adapted what he called the Mamba Mentality and dida signature fadeaway jump shot which inspired millions of silly kids across schools when throwing away paper in the trash today, “Kobe!” Some of my friends say that Kobe’s work ethic inspired them to get up at 6 in the morning. do extra homework,study more, and be the best student in their class. Kobe Bryant has countless stories about his work ethic including this one with Jay Williams:
“Once I step my foot across that line, I started working out. I worked out for a good hour, hour and a half. When I came off, after I was done, I sat down and of course I still heard the ball bouncing,” Williams said. “I was like, ‘This guy is still working out? He was working out, it looks like he was in a dead sweat when I got here, and he’s still going...Later I saw him and I go Hey Kobe, why were you in the gym for so long?’ He’s like, ‘Because I saw you come in and I wanted you to know that it doesn’t matter how hard you work, that I’m willing to work harder than you.”
Athletes are often asked by reporters: what’s your legacy? Kobe’s basketball legacy isn’t random 40 point games against the Phoenix Suns in the middle of December. It’s his work ethic. It’s what he did in the training room, what he did in the gym, what he did in the film room, but more importantly what he did at home.
NBA analyst Chris Broussard believed that Kobe’s second act after retirement from the NBA was going to be greater than his basketball legacy and Kobe was well on his way. He won an Oscar last year for best short film, partnered with Jeff Stibel, former CEO of Web.com, to form the venture capital fund, Bryant Stibe, had his own sports academy, but most importantly was the dad of four daughters. The internet is full of clips and videos with Kobe and Gianna playing basketball, but this one that struck me most Vanessa Bryant must be heartbroken. Losing her loving and beloved husband and daughter at once is something no person should ever have to experience. What can we do to help?
Wecan live life realizing that Kobe Bryant’s life is an inspiration for us all, on how to live our lives work hard and“Let shit go.” Tell the ones you love that you love them even if it’s scary or weird. Hold them tighter. Life is precious. Treasure every moment. As they say in the sandlot, “Heroes are remembered. Legends… Never Die.” And Kobe Bean Bryant? Is legend for the remainder of time.