What people see on court is another side of me; it’s not me.
One thing you gotta know about me is I have absolutely no filter. I have no problem saying what the hell I think of someone.
The most important thing is to try and inspire people so that they can be great in whatever they want to do.
focus on one thing and one thing only – that’s trying to win as many championships as I can.
I’m here. I’m not going anywhere. No matter what the injury – unless it’s completely debilitating – I’m going to be the same player I’ve always been. I’ll figure it out. I’ll make some tweaks, some changes, but I’m still coming.
I have self-doubt. I have insecurity. I have fear of failure. I have nights when I show up at the arena and I’m like, ‘My back hurts, my feet hurt, my knees hurt. I don’t have it. I just want to chill.’ We all have self-doubt. You don’t deny it, but you also don’t capitulate to it. You embrace it.
I’m playing against great players, playing against the best in the world. The competition – that’s what I’ve always wanted.
The topic of leadership is a touchy one. A lot of leaders fail because they don’t have the bravery to touch that nerve or strike that chord. Throughout my years, I haven’t had that fear.
I can’t relate to lazy people. We don’t speak the same language. I don’t understand you. I don’t want to understand you.
I don’t want to be the next Michael Jordan, I only want to be Kobe Bryant.
I’m chasing perfection.
Can I jump over two or three guys like I used to? No. Am I as fast as I used to be? No, but I still have the fundamentals and smarts. That’s what enables me to still be a dominant player. As a kid growing up, I never skipped steps. I always worked on fundamentals because I know athleticism is fleeting.
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.
I draw from the crowd a lot.
I love going one-on-one with someone. That’s what I do. I’ve never lost. It’s a whole different game, just to have them right in front of you and be able to do whatever you want.
I’m extremely willful to win, and I respond to challenges. Scoring titles and stuff like that… it sounds, well, I don’t care how it sounds – to me, scoring comes easy. It’s not a challenge to me to win the scoring title, because I know I can.
Everything negative — pressure, challenges — is all an opportunity for me to rise.
My parents are my backbone. Still are. They’re the only group that will support you if you score zero or you score 40.
If you’re afraid to fail, then you’re probably going to fail.
There’s a choice that we have to make as people, as individuals. If you want to be great at something, there’s a choice you have to make. We all can be masters at our craft, but you have to make a choice. What I mean by that is, there are inherent sacrifices that come along with that. Family time, hanging out with friends, being a great friend, being a great son, nephew, whatever the case may be. There are sacrifices that come along with making that decision.