Let me start by first saying this isn’t an easy article to write for either of us here at NonSense Sports. It has been tough for everyone who watched him, who loved him and who have identified with him at some point. But Kobe was never someone to stop when things got tough so we aren’t either, for Kobe.
Out of every loss and bad experience, there are two things that we can do, we can let it keep us down, or we can look at it in a good way and learn from it to be better. That is a philosophy Kobe lived by. I can’t hope to look at all the stories of Kobe practicing a missed shot for hours, trying to eliminate the possibility of him missing that shot ever again.
To me Kobe was a teacher, of many things. He always wanted us to learn something from him and his actions. His first lesson was in the draft, he taught us that even when people don’t give you a chance, you make your own chances and you prove doubters wrong with your actions, not just words. He taught us with Shaq, that even if you don’t perfectly agree with someone, you put all other things aside and help eachother if it means both are gonna succeed, professionalism.
He taught us that a man needs to recognize his mistakes and admit them as it makes you bigger when you admit when you’re wrong and try to fix your wrong doings. Kobe taught us how to appreciate those who support you through thick and thin, even if they are immidiately close to you or they support you from afar. He taught us that there’s no substitute to passion, dedication, love for your craft and hard work, and that no happiness is greater than that of when you reach your goal after giving it your all. He also taught us to try to be better every time we do something. After his career he took the new generation of NBA players and showed us to pass our knowledge and skills forward. Even in his last day he showed the world how to never envy others for surpassing you on something, instead respond with class and encourage others to keep going with what you started.
Even in death Kobe left us with more lessons. Life is short, live it to the max. When your time comes, your time comes no matter what you are doing. The Last Lesson, to appreciate every NBA Player, person, thing, place, any and everything, big, small, special, ordinary, bad or good cause you never know when that thing or person is going.
Kobe, you were a leader, a hard worker an inspiration, a hero, a legend. As a man who unfortunately didn’t appreciate you while you were playing until your career was in its twilight, I am a testament to how truly special you were and forever will be. Kobe, thank you for the memories, games, moments and motivation. I know you aren’t physically present but you will never pass away in our minds and hearts. Then again you didn’t pass too much. Even though it’s hard to comprehend why you left, I understand that you will keep teaching us how to be better from the big court up there. I promise you I will be living my dreams, living my life and ill do it while counting down an imaginary shot clock, pullin up from way down town and yelling KOBE.
May you Rest In Peace and in Power and may God Bless and protect your Family.
Dear Kobe, Thank You