Kobe Bryant said that...

The motivation for me is just the game itself, just playing the game the right way and trying to win, compete every time I step out there on the floor. That's motivation enough for me to go out there and play well.

Kobe Bryant Quotes, interview, Feb. 15, 2004

I have my own identity ... The whole Michael thing does drive me nuts sometimes because people won't leave it alone. He's bald, I have hair. He's almost 40, I'm 22. Seriously though, I wish people would let it be and let me just be Kobe.

Kobe Bryant Quotes, interview, Mar. 2001

You always have to be on edge. You always have to take every practice, every game, like it is your last.

Kobe Bryant Quotes, interview, Mar. 1, 2005

I realize now that there's a strength in dunking that I can use to my advantage. When you dunk all the time it isn't as demoralizing to the opponent, but when you dunk at a key moment in the game you can use it to change the momentum.

Kobe Bryant Quotes, interview, Mar. 2001

Life is too short to sit around and hold grudges; it doesn't make any sense to do it.

Kobe Bryant Quotes, Seattle Times, Nov. 13, 2005

It doesn't matter to me what place I get traded to. If I was traded someplace -- I'd play anywhere.

Kobe Bryant Quotes, interview, Feb. 15, 2004

"Everyting negative—pressure, challenges—is all an opportunity for me to rise.”

Kobe Bryant Quotes

“I’m playing against great players, playing against the best in the world. The competition—that’s what I’ve always wanted.”

Kobe Bryant Quotes

“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.”

Kobe Bryant Quotes

“Sometimes I do wonder what college would have been like. But I made my decision.”

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“My parents are my backbone. Still are. They’re the only group that will support you if you score zero or you score 40.”

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“What I’m doing right now, I’m chasing perfection.”

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"As far as carrying the torch for the years to come, I don't know. I just want to be the best basketball player I can be."

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"I dont want to be the next Michael Jordan, I only want to be Kobe Bryant."

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"When I'm finished playing, I want people to say, 'He handled this well, he kept his cool.'"

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"Basketball is my refuge, my sanctuary. I go back to being a kid on the playground. When I get here, it's all good."

Kobe Bryant Quotes

“What I'm doing right now, I'm chasing perfection.”

Kobe Bryant Quotes

“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.”

Kobe Bryant Quotes

“The guy said NBA players are one in a million, ... I said, 'Man, look, I'm going to be that one in a million.'”

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“These young guys are playing checkers. I'm out there playing chess.”

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“It doesn't bother me at all. Do I hold any hard feelings? Not at all, ... Life is too short to sit around and hold grudges. I don't hold any whatsoever.”

Kobe Bryant Quotes

“Sometimes I do wonder what college would have been like. But I made my decision.”

Kobe Bryant Quotes

“I'm playing against great players, playing against the best in the world. The competition - that's what I've always wanted.”

Kobe Bryant Quotes

“My parents are my backbone. Still are. They're the only group that will support you if you score zero or you score 40.”

Kobe Bryant Quotes

“I was just letting the shots fly. You know, I don't leave any bullets in the chamber.”

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“I had some shots that I felt like I should've made; I just didn't make them. I'm not going to shoot the ball great every night.”

Kobe Bryant Quotes

“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.”

Kobe Bryant Quotes

“I'm not changing my game whatsoever,”

Kobe Bryant Quotes

“You just stay patient, that's all,”

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“It's my job to pick us up when we are down. I had to sharpen my focus.”

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“They are the best team in the league right now. There's not much more to say about what makes them tough --versatility, execution and understanding of concepts.”

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“It really doesn't matter to me. We're just talking about clothes. I can understand what the NBA is trying to do. I love my sneakers, but we're just talking about clothes.”

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“I felt like when we came back from the All-Star break we needed everybody to feel like they were part of the team, ... I'm just trying to do whatever the team needs at any given time.”

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“You just try to take it one day at a time, ... You step on the basketball floor and just play. It's fun. I'm comfortable with it.”

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“Expectations for us this season aren't very high at all,”

Kobe Bryant Quotes

“I've pretty much done all I can here and, you know, God will carry me the rest of the way, so I'm pretty comfortable with that.”

Kobe Bryant Quotes