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Kobe Bryant aka Black Mamba has left behind a stirring legacy. He entered the NBA straight out of high school and spent his whole 20-year career with the Los Angeles Lakers. Throughout his great career, Bryant received several distinctions, including five NBA titles, two NBA Finals MVP medals, and a regular-season MVP award. His unparalleled ability and relentless dedication propelled him to the ranks of the greatest sportsmen of all time. What really set him apart was his “Mamba mentality.”

Despite his tragic death three years ago, Bryant’s philosophy continues to inspire players. Chelsea Gray of the Las Vegas Aces is one such player. She reveals the thoughts she had after the Aces won the tournament.

Chelsea Gray’s strong mentality


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The Las Vegas Aces won the 2022–2023 Finals in spectacular fashion. The Aces’ victory was so unexpected since Game 3 dealt a heavy blow with Chelsea Gray’s withdrawal owing to her ankle injury during the game. Following Chelsea, Kia Stokes said that her participation in Game 4 would be doubted and the Aces’ chances of repeating as champions were highly doubted.

Chelsea Gray seemed to sit out Game 4 of the NBA Finals. But with this latest triumph, she is currently a three-time WNBA champion, having won one with the Los Angeles Sparks. When ESPN’s Holly Rowe questioned her, “What is it about you that you have figured out how to be one of the best point guards in the world?”

Chelsea Gray said without hesitation, “Nobody can take my mind, my mental, and my IQ is bar none, so I just bring this to the table and they do all the work.”

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This is a mental skill that Kobe Bryant has been developing that will have a significant influence on his success.

Chelsea Gray, the most indispensable player in the league


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Becky Hammon frequently mentions Chelsea Gray as an underrated player. Fans did not recognize her worth until she suffered from her foot ailment.

Chelsea has provided 34 percent of the Aces’ total scores. Either by rebounding or through scoring. A’ja Wilson even describes her as “our leader.”


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This was Gray’s third title, and are there any possibilities that she may switch teams, or will she return stronger for the following season with the Aces targeting her for the WNBA championship? Let us know what you think in the comments.