Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant will play his last professional basketball game in the NBA on April 13, 2016. Bryant has featured for only one team in his 20-year career which has seen him winning five championships with the Lakers.
However, the 37-year-old recently shared of how he was discouraged from playing basketball by a school counselor and was asked to pursue a different career option.
“I had a guidance counselor. He asked me what I wanted to be when I grow up. I said I wanted to be an NBA player. He said, ‘You know, that’s not very realistic, I think you should be something else’” Bryant said to CNBC.
Bryant, who was 10-years-old at the time chose to ignore his counselor’s advice and go ahead with his dream. According to the two-time NBA Finals MVP, he needed to put all his eggs in one basket and focus 100 percent in order to accomplish his goals and he did just that.
Bryant also mentioned how he used his counselor’s words as motivation to become the player he is today. Considering his father was Joe Bryant, who was a former NBA player, Kobe was always thinking about a future as a professional basketball player.
The five-time NBA champion doesn’t understand why people discourage young kids from dreaming big.
“They believe what they’re saying is the right thing. I just disagree. I believe you have your dreams, you believe, you go for them, you go for them 100 percent.” Kobe added.
Meanwhile, Kobe Bryant is considering creative writing after he retires from the NBA. He wants to pass on the information and knowledge he has gathered during his career to the next generation.
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