- Kobe Bryant will hold a training camp for young Filipino players on Sunday
- The retired player says he stays in basketball by mentoring young and aspiring players
- Kobe landed in the Philippines for the 7th time on Saturday
Recently retired National Basketball Association (NBA) player Kobe Bryant visits the Philippines anew and is set to lead a training camp for selected players in Manila on Sunday, June 26.
Kobe said in a GMA News Online story that he wants to inspire young players to learn hard work and relentlessness or what he tagged “Mamba mentality”.
“I think it’s our responsibility to continue to teach the next generation so that the game is better when you leave than it was when you arrived,” he said.
Kobe said that while he may have retired, he still continues to practice basketball now by being a mentor to young and aspiring players.
“It’s emotionally different. I think there’s so much more value in teaching because there’s so much enjoyment that come from watching a player kinda have life, go off.”
“Mamba mentality” has been a trademark of the former Los Angeles Lakers shooting guard.
“To sum up what ‘Mamba Mentality’ means, it means to be in constant quest to try and be the best version of yourself. That’s what the mentality is. It’s a constant quest to be better today that you were yesterday and be better tomorrow than you were the day before,” he said in a press conference held upon landing in Manila.
Kobe arrived in Manila on Saturday morning. This has been his 7th time to visit the country known for loving basketball as a sport.
“I’m excited. It’s always fun to come here. There’s so much energy that surrounds the game, so much passion that surrounds the game. I enjoy myself every time I come here,” the basketball star said of his visit.
A two-time Olympic gold medalist, Kobe retired from the ball game last April after his two-decade career and five NBA championships.