Legendary Sprinter Usain Bolt Reveals Unheard Story about Meeting Kobe Bryant

Published 01/21/2021, 1:00 PM EST
NEW YORK, NY – NOVEMBER 02: BodyArmor investor Kobe Bryant speaks to media during the UFC BodyArmor partnership announcement inside Madison Square Garden on November 2, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)


Kobe Bryant has touched more lives than he could ever know. Not only were the fans enamored with how Kobe carried himself, but many athletes were also in awe.

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We know how the rest of the players in the NBA looked at him; however, Kobe had a lot of friends and admirers from other sports as well. This includes the greatest sprinter in Olympic history, Jamaica’s Usain Bolt.

Bolt revealed the story of when he first met Kobe Bryant and the interaction the two shared. Bolt also revealed that Kobe’s ‘Mamba Mentality’ played a massive role in his success.

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“First time I met Kobe was the All-Star game couple of years before. And that moment I was like ‘Kobe I’m such a fan’. Middle of the conversation he’s like, ‘Stop. I need to go get my daughter’s, they are huge fans of yours’.

“For me to know his family and him, who was a fan of me. I watched Kobe through the years and just, the level of work. His mentality, as they called it Mamba Mentality. For me, it was a big thing.”

Kobe Bryant: How the ‘Mamba Mentality’ helped him become an icon

Kobe wasn’t just associated with having ‘Mamba Mentality’, he birthed the entire concept of it. He got his affectionate nickname as the ‘Black Mamba’ based on the cold-blooded snake that actually has that name.

The Mamba Mentality basically refers to being a tireless worker off the court and a cold-blooded killer on it.

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LOS ANGELES, CA – MARCH 6: Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers during the basketball game against Golden State Warriors at Staples Center March 6, 2016, in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Mintaha Neslihan Eroglu/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

This mentality is no joke, and many say one can’t just emulate it. An athlete or a person needs to live by the code of the Mamba to emulate this mentality.

It requires a level of dedication that is not easy to attain. Bryant built his career by being the hardest working player on the court each day and each night.

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Many modern NBA players and athletes strive to live by this mentality. However, we all know that there is and was only one person that could show everyone what this meant. That man was Kobe Bryant.

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Ishaan Bhattacharya

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Ishaan Bhattacharya is an NBA, NCAA Basketball, and Combat Sports writer at EssentiallySports. Currently, Ishaan is pursuing a Post Graduate Degree in Journalism from Xavier's Institute of Communication. Previously, Ishaan has written for The Indian Express, The Quint, Sportskeeda, and WrestleClub.

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