“I could never understand why winning wasn’t the most important thing to everyone. Why are you here, then?” -Kobe
I am unable to add a lot to the reams of tributes which have poured out over the previous 24 hours following the information of Kobe Bryant’s (and his daughter’s) tragic helicopter crash (ESPN, Players Reactions, 24 Sec Tribute, Dear Kobe). Perhaps a crypto publication isn’t the place for an additional put up on the lifetime of Kobe, anyway.
But his dying feels worthy of non-public reflection.
Not solely was basketball a central a part of my each day life from the late 90s via faculty commencement, however Kobe was the paragon of a champion for me and most gamers of my era. He was a relentless competitor in arguably the world’s most bodily demanding sport for 20 years. And he gave the impression to be following up a Hall of Fame basketball profession with an equally spectacular second act, successful an Oscar only a couple years out of the league.
He at all times appeared to have extra left within the tank.
In my lifetime, the one celeb deaths which have even registered (if I’m being sincere) are Princess Diana, Robin Williams, and now Kobe Bryant.
All had been symbols as a lot as they had been folks: Princess Di had grace beneath stress, Robin Williams had his frenetic humor.
Kobe had the “Mamba Mentality.”
So even in case you by no means picked up a basketball, it could be not possible as an entrepreneur or investor or trailblazing researcher to not admire and try to emulate Kobe’s relentless, ruthless depth and work ethic. It’s the kind of excellence that transcends sports activities.
I am unhappy.