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When Kobe Bryant was still in the NBA, he sometimes wished to have been playing an individual sport

by Jim Lemuel Wilson, September 01, 2019 12:29am

Five-time National Basketball Association champion and former league Most Valuable Player Kobe Bryant revealed that he sometimes wished he was playing an individual sport when he was still suiting up for the Los Angeles Lakers.

This Bryant said when he was speaking with Sports Illustrated's Jon Wertheim during the US Open tennis tournament in New York.

"There would be things sometimes during the Lakers season when things would be really stressful. And I would just sit around thinking man, I wish I played an individual sport," Bryant said.

Bryant said that there is more challenge in playing an individual sport like tennis compared to a team sport like basketball.

"There's something even more challenging in individual sports, you have to deal with the inner challenge," he said. "You have to be able to deal with the uncertainties from shot-to-shot or the disappointments in shot-to-shot, because it's just you out there, right? So having to navigate through those emotions presents a new set of challenges."

Bryant has long been known to be some kind of a loner, especially with how he interacted with his teammates and with how he approached the game. Given his mentality, Bryant would have been quite a success in an individual sport.

But the basketball gods are good for making Bryant stay. After all, he turned out to be one of the greatest basketball players of all time with all his accolades in the NBA. He won two NBA Finals MVP awards, four NBA All-Star MVP Awards, and 11 All-NBA First Team citations. He was also an 18-time All-Star who was twice included in the All-NBA Second Team and in the All-NBA Third Team.

Bryant is also a USA hoops legend as he suited up a couple of times for his country. He is an ambassador for the  2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup.

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