The NBA's newest trend involves the league's biggest stars taking games off to "rest" despite not being physically or mentally injured. While this practice has become increasingly normalized in today's league, not everyone likes the idea.
Insert Kobe Bryant, a 20-year bro-basketball veteran, as one of those who would never be caught dead taking a game-day "off." In an interview with Valuetainment, the superstar explained why:
“It’s crazy. You got a lot of people paying their hard-earned money to come watch you perform. It’s your job to be in shape and be able to perform at that level every night. As a competitor, I’m not ducking shit.”
Kobe played in over 13,000 career games before he called it quits in 2016. As an old-school, "doggy-dog" competitor, Bryant was one who never shied away from doing his job -- even if there were risks involved.
He wanted to play, he wanted to win, and he wanted to be the best of himself.
Compare that to today, and it's clear the landscape is changing. Kobe and his views are becoming outdated and replaced with a "self-preservation" type of mentality. Whether or not that's a positive thing is for you to decide, but you can bet it will be something the Mamba will never understand himself.