In the few days that have passed since Kobe Bryant tragically passed away, there have been many emotional reactions around the league regarding the devastating news. That has seen numerous notable figures in the league past and present voice a great deal of respect, admiration, and support towards Bryant and his family. Brooklyn Nets star forward Kevin Durant is the latest to pay his respects to his former longtime peer and mentor on Tuesday. Durant took the time to discuss at length Bryant‘s impact on him and the most significant takeaway he had from the future Hall of Famer.
Kobe Bryant’s influence on Kevin Durant
Although Durant came into the NBA as part of the 2007 draft class, he had plenty of battles against Bryant throughout his career.
The two built a strong bond on and off the court that grew greater as time moved along. Bryant took Durant under his wing as one of the players that he praised heavily early on in his NBA career.
Durant has become one of the best players in the league over the last several seasons, which saw him take his game to the next level. Their time playing against each other at the top of their respective games didn’t last long, but it put forth some incredible matchups over the years.
It allowed Durant to learn from Bryant and apply that knowledge to improve his craft and everyday life on and off the court.
What Kevin Durant learned most from Kobe Bryant
There is a wealth of knowledge that Durant garnered from Bryant over the years has helped him further along the path in his NBA career.
There was one quality that the Nets star forward has taken with him from the future first-ballot Hall of Famer in regards to his mental approach to the game.
I never wanted to be like Kobe, but I always wanted that laser focus — that nothing was getting in the way of what I wanted to do out there on the floor. And that’s what I think the Mamba Mentality was for him.
Bryant had a tremendous reputation for the mentality had had with his basketball career that he translated to other areas in his life after his playing days. That drive, focus, and determination are things that anyone can bring to any facet of their life to find success, tranquility, or happiness in what they are doing.
It’s that mental approach that Durant has utilized throughout his career that has helped him reach great heights in the NBA, and could continue that once he steps away from the game years down the line. That is another example of the impact that Bryant had on his peers as they continue to carry on his legacy in their own way.
Kobe Bryant’s everlasting impact
The type of influence that Bryant has had on the NBA, game of basketball, and the world of sports is one that can be spoken at great nauseam.
His sudden passing has provided an opportunity to look at the positive impact that he has had around the globe. The many different stories, reactions, and tributes from players, teams, and fans alike show how much he truly impacted the world.
Bryant may have had his flaws and mistakes throughout his basketball career and life, but he had a great deal of positive influence that only was going stronger post-retirement. He was just getting started with this next great chapter of his life, which showed another side of him as a family man with his children along with his outreach on helping the generation of athletes.
It’s a tough loss, but Bryant’s impact will only continue to grow for years to come.