There’s no doubt that Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant will go down in pro basketball history as one of the greatest players to ever play the game.
I’ve followed his career since he started as an 18-year-old NBA player straight out of high school.
In fact, I just recently watched his playoff shooting boo-boos on Youtube against the Utah Jazz in Game 5 of Western Conference semifinals during his rookie season.
It sure was a season that any pro baller wouldn’t want to remember, considering that Bryant “air-balled” four key attempts in the end that cost the Lakers, not just the game, but the season as well.
But I think it is in that stage of his young NBA career that Bryant grew to become one of the world’s most accomplished athletes.
Today, he may be dismissed as too old since he’s now in his 19th NBA season, plus he’s coming off injuries over his last two seasons. The Lakers are bound for another disappointing season, what with the meager talent they have after failing to land on big-name players during the offseason.
Then last Tuesday, Bryant set the NBA record for missed field goals in the Lakers’ 107-102 loss to the Memphis Grizzlies.
Some people made a big fuss over Bryant’s NBA record, considering that it had something to do with the many misses he made in his close to two decades of pro basketball career.
“You’ve got to step up and play, man,” Bryant said. “You can’t worry about criticism. You can’t worry about failure. You really can’t worry about that stuff.”
“You’ve got to go out and figure that out and play and do the best you can, and whatever happens, happens. You can’t be held captive by the fear of failure or the fear of what people may say.”
Honestly, it takes a lot of guts for Bryant to step out and make a difference in the NBA, where only the toughest, fiercest and fittest would survive.
Bryant said, “You can’t be held captive by the fear of failure or the fear of what people may say.”
The 36-year-old Laker star reached his NBA status today, not out of sheer luck or pure talent. oh yes, he’s talented in many ways, but it was also coupled with the conscious effort to learn from his mistakes, making him a better player season after season.
No wonder, despite coming off an injury-riddled season, Bryant remains a bankable player (though it’s just too bad, he can’t lift Los Angeles up by his own talent this season), who, if given the opportunity, will pounce on a team’s weakness with his experience and crafty plays.
Yes, Bryant made a mark by missing more than 13,400 of his attempts, but the take-home on this is, don’t just wallow in self-pity and the frustrations of life. Instead, let’s learn from our mistakes, flesh it out and take the “good” that comes out of the “bad” so we’ll get better and wiser.
Honestly, I believe God loves to turn our frustrations and disappointments in life into eventual “crowns of victories”.
Yes, the very thing we dislike, the things we wish didn’t happen to us, sometimes, are the very things God will use to build our character while reminding us to trust Him – that He is in control.