Oscar Winning Actress Viola Davis Shares Tear-Jerking Kobe Bryant Message

Published 11/05/2021, 11:01 PM EDT
BEVERLY HILLS, CA – FEBRUARY 05: Kobe Bryant attends the 90th Annual Academy Awards Nominee Luncheon at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on February 5, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)


The late Kobe Bryant was one of the best NBA players of all time. The Lakers legend won five NBA championships throughout his career. Fans around the world have a lot of respect for Kobe Bryant. It is because of his strong work ethic and his loyalty to the Lakers. Kobe spent his entire career with the Lakers (20 years).

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Kobe was and still is an inspiration to many budding players working hard to make it to the top. There are several examples of top talents in the NBA who failed to stay at the top on a consistent basis. But Kobe, who made his debut at the age of 17, spent 20 years in the NBA. Since his debut, one could see the continual improvement, year by year. But how did he manage to do it? Work ethic or simply what the Lakers legend used to describe as the ‘Mamba Mentality‘.

BEVERLY HILLS, CA – MAY 03: Retired NBA Champion, CEO, Kobe Inc., Kobe Bryant speaks onstage during 2016 Milken Institute Global Conference at The Beverly Hilton on May 03, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)

Not just in sports, Kobe has inspired people from different disciplines. Viola Davis, an academy award recipient, has been inspired by Kobe and recently shared an inspiring message from Kobe on her Instagram.

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Viola Davis shares an inspiring message from Kobe Bryant on her Instagram

The 2016 Oscar winner Viola Davis recently shared a video of Kobe Bryant on her Instagram. In the video, Kobe talks about how he worked hard alone, and that helped him reach the top.

 

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“My name is Kobe Bryant. I’m seventeen years old. I wasn’t invited to parties, you know, friendly gatherings on weekend. So on Fridays and Saturdays, I would go in my rec room with my basketball and basically dribble myself to sleep. And I think that was the best thing that could have happened to me. Because during those lonely hours in the rec room, I discovered the hunger, the motivation, and desire to be the best possible basketball player I could be,” a 17-year-old Kobe said in the video.

It was truly an inspiring message from Kobe. In fact, what’s more surprising is it’s coming from a 17-year-old Kobe. Without a doubt, it is clearly evident that Kobe’s success on the court was driven by his insane work ethic.

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Stories such as these have become a kind of folklore in today’s times. Not just aspiring athletes, many people witnessed Kobe’s greatness on the court and get inspired by that. Short and crisp, Kobe wanted to be the best, and in order to achieve that, he would do whatever it took.

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Abhishek Singh

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Abhishek is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports with over two years of journalistic experience with Chase Your Sport and Dribl. A Football Management graduate, he has previously interned in the Indian Super League, I-League and the AFC Champions League. In addition to being a Michael Jordan fan, Abhishek is an ardent Steph Curry and Warriors guy, and believes they have a few more championships in store before the former retires.

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