Kobe Bryant is one of the most confident players in the history of the NBA. While Kobe's talent was out of this world, it was his sheer confidence and self-belief that made him one of the best players in the NBA during his career. Kobe believed that no one could get the better of him under any circumstances.
And his response to a question by a reporter about Lakers' practices and 1-on-1 games was the perfect example of this. During a press conference, a reporter asked Kobe Bryant if anybody on the Lakers squad ever beat him in a 1-on-1 game during practice. Kobe responded the only way he knew how - with utter confidence.
"Nope. Not to be (cocky)... but that's what I do"
Kobe was so wildly confident in his own ability that he didn't care who was in front of him. He was determined to walk out of any exchange as the winner. This mentality allowed him to find incredible success in the league, as Kobe would never give up, and would fight tooth and nail to make sure he won.
Bryant's ridiculous determination is unparalleled. No other player has shown his level of drive and commitment to the sport of basketball. And that determination to be the best and win at all costs led to his success in the NBA, winning multiple NBA championships and individual accolades throughout his career.
Kobe knew that he had to fight for everything in this league, and that mentality was what made him one of the most feared players in the league. Because there was no line that Kobe wouldn't surpass to get the win, he was more dangerous than most talented payers in the league.