"Love me or hate me, it's one or the other. Always has been. Hate my game, my swagger. Hate my fade away, my hunger. Hate that I'm a veteran. A champion. Hate that. Hate it with all your heart. And hate that I'm loved, for the exact same reasons."
"It's funny. I think a lot of people, a lot of writers, try to take short cuts in their assignments and just regurgitate what somebody else may have written, you know, instead of truly saying what's going on," Kobe says. "I'm no different than anybody. Basketball to me, it's a game that I want to try to be the best at, try to work at as much as possible. But I understand it's a game. But I'm extremely outgoing. People say, 'He's quiet' and all that stuff. That's crazy. They obviously don't know me. So, I mean, people that know me and people that seen me interact, stuff like that, I'm completely opposite of what they read. And a lot of people actually tell me that. They'll say, 'Man, you're nothing like I thought you were.'
"I just go. I just go. I just keep going until it feels right to me," Kobe says of his habits. "If something doesn't feel right, I'm gonna stay there until I get it right. I just continue to keep pushing and pushing and pushing. That's all I've known. That's how my parents raised me. If you're going to be focused on something, if you want to do something, you can't, you can't go about it in a half-assed way. You really gotta dedicate yourself to it, try to be the best at it. That's the only way."
"I'm playing against great players, playing against the best in the world. The competition - that's what I've always wanted."
"My parents are my backbone. Still are. They're the only group that will support you if you score zero or you score 40."
"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."
"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."
"Everything negative - pressure, challenges - is all an opportunity for me to rise."