In the most recent edition of Sports Illustrated, Kobe Bryant is featured on the cover. Kobe took some time to admire the late Michael Jackson and his determination to be great.
“I f—— love that story,” Bryant said in his unending determination of being the best of all time. Thriller now holds that record.
Kobe also talked about his eventual retirement and says he isn’t expecting a grand celebration, but expects the same kind of reception he has had for his entire career via Sports Illustrated:
“If you booed me for 18, 19 years, boo me for the 20th. That’s the game, man,” Bryant said.
Kobe’s will to be the best has well been documented. He is constantly praised by others as being one of the hardest working players in the league. It seems that Kobe’s work ethic was in part inspired by Michael Jackson.
Kobe talks about how Jackson would study the BeeGees’ Saturday Night Fever soundtrack, which was the number one selling album at the time. As time would tell Jackson soon released his famous album, Thriller which still holds the record for best selling album of all time. It’s this same kind of commitment to succeed that influenced Kobe’s drive to become the best.
Kobe has been both loved and hated throughout his career. He came out of high school with the kind of confidence that was uncanny especially among rookies. Some mistook this confidence for arrogance, while others were amazed by the young player.
Now, after 18 seasons in the NBA, Kobe has backed up his confidence with All-Star appearances, MVP awards, and most importantly championships. He has earned the love of his fans and the hate of those who scoff him.
This kind of mixed reception has been characteristic of fans ever since Kobe has entered the league. Regardless, Kobe has proven to turn that sort of negativity, into determination.
It’s this kind of determination that has motivated him during his illustrious career. With many people doubting his return, Kobe is excited to prove them wrong just as he has done throughout his entire career.
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