Kobe Bryant’s death has really put things into perspective. Not just for all of us, the fans, but also for all of those that had the chance to meet him.
His passing has taken a toll on millions of people, as it seems like we all have a story involving him.
Bryant made a name for himself not only because of his outstanding basketball skills but because of the way he enjoyed sharing his wisdom with his friends and family.
One of those lucky people was Gilbert Arenas, known for his scoring talent, his ability to read the game at a high level, his basketball IQ, but also because of his antics off the court and in social media.
So, following Kobe’s tragic passing, Arenas clearly did a lot of self-criticisms and remembered an interaction he had with the Black Mamba, when he asked him to stop fooling around in social media and start sharing his basketball knowledge as a coach:
“I will fulfill the task u requested from me in this picture 🙏🏾💯 You told me to use my bright basketball mind on some form of coaching on an nba/college bench or coaching kids🏀💯 stop wasting it being an idiot on social media….Today I’m starting my coaching career with @socalcavs 14u “the legacy of an assassins mind will live on” #mambamentality Location: Birmingham High School 17000 Haynes St, Van Nuys, CA 91406 Days: Every Tuesday and Thursday 5-11 years old | 6:00 – 8:00pm 12-15 years old | 7:00 – 9:00pm,” Arenas wrote on his Instagram account.
Thus, Arena is now going to pursue a career in coaching to fulfill the task Kobe once gave him, which is also a way to stay close to basketball after being away from the league for that long.
This is just another example of how big Kobe’s impact was in the lives of every single one he met throughout the years. Now, thanks to him, Arenas will take hundreds of kids under his wing and breed a new generation of Mambas.