Late NBA legend Kobe Bryant inspired several young players in the league to put their best foot forward. As the community continues to mourn Bryant’s death, many players recall their memories with him. Recently, Chris Bosh did the same as he wrote about how Kobe Bryant inspired the LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Bosh himself.
Chris Bosh’s Olympics story about Kobe
Details about the Miami Heat Big 3: LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh were doing the rounds a few days ago. These were all about how the trio came to be.
Recently, Chris Bosh revealed the story of how NBA legend Kobe Bryant inspired these three star players, and left a mark on them till date. Bosh wrote up a shorter version of the story in the caption.
Bosh’s story was from the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh, were all part of the roster. According to Bosh, on the first day of the 2008 Olympics, he left for breakfast early, feeling really good as he thought his teammates were fast asleep. However, once he got there, Bosh found none other than Kobe, with ice bags on his knees. This meant, not only had he woken up early, Kobe had also done his work out!
How Kobe Bryant inspired the Big 3
Bosh revealed that Kobe’s never-back-down mentality is what inspired him. The Lakers star had just lost the NBA Finals to the Celtics. Anyone else would have been dull due to the defeat, and tired after playing the season, right? Well, not Kobe.
Talking about the same, Bosh wrote,
“The dude was pushing himself harder than any human being I had ever met—waking up at 4:00 a.m. to hit the gym. That meant all of us were gonna push ourselves, too.”
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I wanted to share a story about Kobe at the 2008 Olympics that inspired Bron, D, and me for years to come, and set the tone for the Big 3 mentality. For the full story, check out The Last Chip (link in bio) On the first day of practice in Beijing, I headed down for breakfast early, which made me feel good about myself because I figured most of my teammates were sleeping. And I was right, basically nobody was down there….except for Kobe. Not only was he the first to breakfast, but he also had ice bags on his knees, which meant he’d already worked out. Mind you, this was less than two weeks after the Lakers lost in the Finals to the Celtcs. You couldn’t have blamed him for resting up and focusing on being healthy for the next season. But instead, the dude was pushing himself harder than any human being I had ever met—waking up at 4:00 a.m. to hit the gym. That meant all of us were gonna push ourselves, too. With Kobe as an inspiration, D and Bron elevated their games that summer, balling out at practices at a level I’d never seen before. And they, in turn, inspired me. Hell, we all inspired each other. The moral of that story: You can’t take it easy and then expect yourselves to rise to the occasion. If you want to be the best, you have to do the work every day. I miss Kobe, but that lesson will live with me forever.
The Bosh revealed how Kobe inspired the three of them. He said,
“With Kobe as an inspiration, D and Bron elevated their games that summer, balling out at practices at a level I’d never seen before. And they, in turn, inspired me. Hell, we all inspired each other.”
Bosh also drew a conclusion regarding hard work that takes one places.
Kobe Bryant died in a tragic helicopter accident along with his daughter, Gianna, and the seven others on board. Bryant may not be with us anymore, but his teachings will never leave the souls he helped.