“The most important thing is you must put everybody on notice that you’re here and you are for real. I’m not a player that is just going to come and go. I’m not a player that is going to make an all-star team one time, two times. I’m here to be an all-time great… Once I made that commitment and said ‘I want to be one of the greatest ever,’ then the game became everything for me.” - Kobe Bryant
“Our rookie year we were playing at Oracle and they had a 3-point lead
down the stretch. He got fouled, going to the free throw line to ice the
game with two free throws.
I walk up to him as he’s walking to the free throw line: “Hey, man, you
nervous about these free throws?” The look he gave me was so just mean
Just like, ‘What are you talking about? Get out of my face,
you dumb rookie.’
He obviously made the two free throws and they won.
I’ll remember that look he gave me forever.”