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Mamba No. 5

Posted in Sports, Trending with tags , on January 27, 2020 by geniusscribbleink

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The most important thing is to try and inspire people so that they can be great in whatever they want to do.”-Kobe Bryant
I am a self-proclaimed basketball nerd to a level that sometimes borders on obsession. I just recently attended a Gatorade League (G-League) basketball game this past week with my wife at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum to watch the Long Island Nets take on the Maine Red Claws. Aside from a few borderline NBA prospects, for the most part the team is made up of players who are still dreaming about playing in the big league one day, albeit their chances of success are slim at best given their limited skill-sets and in some cases their age. But needless to say, it is basketball and for many of us who are fans of the sports, it’s a way of life for us “die-hard hoop fans” who never get tired of hearing the squeaking sounds of sneaker soles adhering to the sugar maple flooring of a basketball court or the snapping of net threading as a “wet jumper” passes flawlessly through the rim for a scored bucket. Without question this is a beautiful ensemble of music for those who subscribe to the genre, because when played right, basketball is indeed an extraordinary piece of artwork. With all of those things I mentioned that I literally put music to like a soundtrack, we can always recognize that all great music requires a maestro who can orchestrate and create that perfect sound. A sound that will eventually inspire other artist to have their own vision, as they sit on the cusp of obtainable greatness. Everyone has certain genius in them, whether its exceptional intellect, the ability or power to create or just natural ability; all of us have one of those abilities stored within our DNA. But what if a person has all of those levels of genius in their DNA. What if they have the exceptional intellect, the creative power, as well as the natural ability? That would make for one extraordinary individual who was destined to not only do exceptional things in life, but it also makes room for an individual to have a great impact on the world at large. As we sit in the wake of what is a tragic event involving Kobe Bryant, I don’t sit here writing this as a fan of his because I was never a huge fan of the player, however I always respected his work ethic and his commitment to excellence. That work ethic and commitment would come to be known as the Mamba Mentality to the world which spoke about his drive to be the greatest version of himself in anything he set out to do. We saw the five championships as fans of this great sport that he would capture as well as the numerous individual accolades he obtained. What we did not see was the behind the scenes Kobe Bryant that we are now learning had the same mentality when approaching life after basketball whether in his business ventures, his family life, his philanthropic endeavors, and ultimately as a mentor and a friend to others. It’s tough to believe that at 41 years of age that someone could have a full life, but in many ways Kobe Bryant indeed had one. His exceptional work on and off the court should be commended and is really the reason for me writing this blog. Kobe never sought out mediocrity, only legendary status. He was listening to a wondrous soundtrack to life that I am deeming as Mamba No. 5. This is music to my ears and perhaps should be a song on rotation for all of those who are seeking to live life to its fullest and committing to your dreams and aspirations. Mamba out, but Mamba not forgotten. #salute 8-24