The chopper in which Kobe Bryant was went down in the California suburbs, killing his daughter Gianna and seven others aboard. The identities of the other passengers who were with Kobe Bryant, officials say, will only be revealed after relatives had been notified and bodies identified.
The news of this basketball maven has thrown the world into collective shock, with tributes streaming in from his large fanbase, world leaders and celebrities alike. Kobe, alias Mamba, was known for his work ethics and the things he said in the course of his career remain a beacon that guide us all in all areas of life- be it family, sports, business, education or social life.

On weathering life’s challenges: 

Everything negative – pressure, challenges – is all an opportunity for me to rise.

On the importance of teamwork:
I’ll do whatever it takes to win games, whether it’s sitting on a bench waving a towel, handing a cup of water to a teammate, or hitting the game-winning shot.
On aspiring for greatness
These young guys are playing checkers. I’m out there playing chess.
On parental love: 
My parents are my backbone. Still are. They’re the only group that will support you if you score zero or you score 40.
On being yourself 
I don’t want to be the next Michael Jordan, I only want to be Kobe Bryant.
On the importance of teamwork, again 
There’s been a lot of talk of me being a one-man show but that’s simply not the case. We win games when I score 40 points and we’ve won when I score 10.

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