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Mamba Mentality
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I’m sick to my stomach!!! ???

Take no day for granted. Make sure you tell your loved ones they are loved everyday. The present is a gift and tomorrow isn’t promised. Remember what matters most in this life.

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I’m old enough to remember him in his rookie year and it really was a changing of the guard moment with all these young brilliant players coming to the fore as the previous legends retired. Bit of a rapey bastard but one of the all time greats on court.

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I'm bawling, brother ? I've been rocked to my very core. Kobe is my idol.

If death doesn’t make us all reflect on how we can better show up for each other,
I don’t know what will.
Rt bro, this is the first “famous” passing that I genuinely feel some type of way about. Genuinely good family man who left behind young children.

and what makes it worse for me is that he was 41. 11 years older than me. No drugs, clean health. Taken like that.

life is too short to be stressing about the small things. I think this deathwill result in me thinking differently about everything.

Mamba Mentality
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Discussion Starter #19
Dear Basketball,

From the moment
I started rolling my dad’s tube socks
And shooting imaginary
Game-winning shots
In the Great Western Forum
I knew one thing was real:

I fell in love with you.

A love so deep I gave you my all —
From my mind & body
To my spirit & soul.

As a six-year-old boy
Deeply in love with you
I never saw the end of the tunnel.
I only saw myself
Running out of one.

And so I ran.
I ran up and down every court
After every loose ball for you.
You asked for my hustle
I gave you my heart
Because it came with so much more.

I played through the sweat and hurt
Not because challenge called me
But because YOU called me.
I did everything for YOU
Because that’s what you do
When someone makes you feel as
Alive as you’ve made me feel.

You gave a six-year-old boy his Laker dream
And I’ll always love you for it.
But I can’t love you obsessively for much longer.
This season is all I have left to give.
My heart can take the pounding
My mind can handle the grind
But my body knows it’s time to say goodbye.

And that’s OK.
I’m ready to let you go.
I want you to know now
So we both can savor every moment we have left together.
The good and the bad.
We have given each other
All that we have.

And we both know, no matter what I do next
I’ll always be that kid
With the rolled up socks
Garbage can in the corner
:05 seconds on the clock
Ball in my hands.
5 … 4 … 3 … 2 … 1

Love you always,

Rest In Peace
Kobe & Gigi
and all the lives lost in this tragedy.

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