Growing up, I was one basketball fanatic. I guess what pulled me to fall in love with the sport is the energy that it brings. If you’ve been in one of the games live then you know what I’m talking about. The game is so competitive and so unpredictable that any moment can take you at the edge of your seat. When you’re team is down 5 with less than a minute to go, it feels like every decision matters to you. It’s like being there with them and however the game ends will change your like permanently.
I’d like to focus on a single player who by playing at such a high level game in and out, made a tremendous impact to the way I live. That person, sadly has passed away last year due to a helicopter crash that shocked the entire world. I’m talking about Kobe Bryant.
That’s my most favorite quote of him. But admittedly, he wasn’t my first basketball hero to admire; I was a big Jordan fan as a kid. But he changed my perspective about work that I had no choice but to put him on top of MJ. Don’t get me wrong though, undoubtedly there’s probably no one as hard working and tenacious as Michael Jordan — so I’m not gonna enter a debate to which one is better than the other. It’s just for me, Kobe speaks the loudest and his mamba mentality.
I guess it’s because of how he conducted his life in and out of basketball that truly inspired me. In the court, he’s going to be your fiercest competitor; it’s a nightmare guarding him one on one. As a team mate he’d expect you to be at the same level of intensity as he is. On both ends of the court. No person on earth will ever debate whether the nickname ‘Black Mamba’ fits him perfectly. The mind set of a straight up killer perpetuates in every single veins in his body.
Off the court, he’s a true family man, a loving father and husband. He’s been blessed with 3 lovely daughters with Gigi, the second child dying with him during the crash. At 41 years of age he lived a very successful life as an athlete and a person. New York Times wrote that he had, “one of the most decorated careers in the history of the sport.” and this post would go on forever if I’d list every single accomplishments.
In honor of his death and a celebration of life, I was inspired to draw a digital painting of him.
It’s my first attempt at doing digital painting and I feel it was fitted to give him the honor because of how I look up to him; I just hope I could do more justice. My forever favorite player even if I’m not too much of a basketball fan nowadays. Your legacy will forever be remembered in this world.