“I’ve always said I wanted to be a player that didn’t waste a moment, didn’t waste a day. I felt extremely blessed by the God given talent. At the same time I didn’t take it for granted at all. I think that’s a very powerful message to have…The story would be about transformation of a kid looking inwardly, to then growing up and understanding the importance, the power, and the significance of looking outwardly.”

Kobe Bryant

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