Kobe Bryant retired from the game of basketball five years ago, at age 38. He had a terrific career, earning a lot of prizes and collecting five NBA championships with the Los Angeles Lakers, among other individual awards. Kobe was really a great player and his mindset was different from anybody else. He was always thinking of ways to improve his game and reach the next level.
He was always pushing himself to get more, to get better and we have learned that he had plans to do something that would have been historical for the league. Recently, Hall of Famer Nancy Lieberman revealed that Kobe asked her how she was able to return to the WNBA at age 50, as he was thinking of emulating her.
During a recent interview on "Inside the Buzz with Mikey Domagala," Lieberman recalled a conversation she had with Kobe in 2008 (14:16 mark).
"In 2008, I played for Detroit at the age of 50. After I played, the game was on, ESPN, national TV. I go to my real job with ESPN; I'm doing the Lakers game. We finished our job with Phil Jackson, I'm walking down the hall and Kobe goes, 'hey, you got a minute?' He goes, 'okay; how and why did you play at 50? What did you do? How did you eat? Where you nervous? Were you not? I said, 'didn't you just won the MVP?' The beauty of Kobe, he was one of the most curious people and he didn't care that I was a 50-year-old white woman, he wanted to pick my brain, store it and use it. He was amazing."
As stated before, Kobe always thought about what was next for him, how he could reach the next level and what he could do to feel better and more complete. This man had a different mindset and it's really sad to know he won't be able to fulfill that dream or still be with us after being killed in a fatal helicopter crash last year.
Kobe is still missed and nothing can change that. However, the good stories, the big anecdotes about him and everything he did while he was alive will keep his legacy alive.