Everything negative - pressure, challenges - is all an opportunity for me to rise.
These young guys are playing checkers. I'm out there playing chess.
I'll do whatever it takes to win games, whether it's sitting on a bench waving a towel, handing a cup of water to a teammate, or hitting the game-winning shot.
I can't relate to lazy people. We don't speak the same language. I don't understand you. I don't want to understand you.
Sports are such a great teacher. I think of everything they've taught me: camaraderie, humility, how to resolve differences.
I'm reflective only in the sense that I learn to move forward. I reflect with a purpose.
If you're afraid to fail, then you're probably going to fail.
The most important thing is to try and inspire people so that they can be great in whatever they want to do.
I have self-doubt. I have insecurity. I have fear of failure. I have nights when I show up at the arena and I'm like, 'My back hurts, my feet hurt, my knees hurt. I don't have it. I just want to chill.' We all have self-doubt. You don't deny it, but you also don't capitulate to it. You embrace it.
I don't want to be the next Michael Jordan, I only want to be Kobe Bryant.
I'm not the most patient of people.
My parents are my backbone. Still are. They're the only group that will support you if you score zero or you score 40.
Winning takes precedence over all. There's no gray area. No almosts.
The topic of leadership is a touchy one. A lot of leaders fail because they don't have the bravery to touch that nerve or strike that chord. Throughout my years, I haven't had that fear.
The people who truly know me know what I'm like. There have been people who try to say things that aren't fair, and I check them. And then they don't like me because I checked them.
I'm chasing perfection.
You want me to own a team and deal with these rich, spoiled stubborn athletes, and try to get them to perform? No thank you.
Everyone looks at your watch and it represents who you are, your values and your personal style.
The important thing is that your teammates have to know you're pulling for them and you really want them to be successful.
What people see on court is another side of me; it's not me.
Christmas morning, I'm going to open presents with my kids. I'm going to take pictures of them opening the presents. Then I'm going to come to the Staples Center and get ready to work.
I'm extremely willful to win, and I respond to challenges. Scoring titles and stuff like that... it sounds, well, I don't care how it sounds - to me, scoring comes easy. It's not a challenge to me to win the scoring title, because I know I can.
People just don't understand how obsessed I am with winning.
I've played with IVs before, during and after games. I've played with a broken hand, a sprained ankle, a torn shoulder, a fractured tooth, a severed lip, and a knee the size of a softball. I don't miss 15 games because of a toe injury that everybody knows wasn't that serious in the first place.
I focus on one thing and one thing only - that's trying to win as many championships as I can.
If I panic, everyone else panics.
I'm here. I'm not going anywhere. No matter what the injury - unless it's completely debilitating - I'm going to be the same player I've always been. I'll figure it out. I'll make some tweaks, some changes, but I'm still coming.
The Black Mamba collection of watches is me: It is my alter ego, so to speak. As I mentioned before, it is sharp, cutting edge and sleek which are characteristics I try to apply when I'm out there on the basketball court.
I don't think a coach becomes the right coach until he wins a championship.
There's been a lot of talk of me being a one-man show but that's simply not the case. We win games when I score 40 points and we've won when I score 10.
I love going one-on-one with someone. That's what I do. I've never lost. It's a whole different game, just to have them right in front of you and be able to do whatever you want.
I draw from the crowd a lot.
I like playing for the purple and gold. This is where I want to finish up.
We all know what flopping is when we see it. The stuff that you see is where guys aren't really getting hit at all and are just flailing around like a fish out of water.
In an individual sport, yes, you have to win titles. Baseball's different. But basketball, hockey? One person can control the tempo of a game, can completely alter the momentum of a series. There's a lot of great individual talent.
The only thing I'm afraid of is bees. I don't like bees. I'm allergic to them.
I'm more than comfortable just sitting back and scoring 21, 22 points or whatever and getting 10, 11 assists whatever the case might be. More than comfortable with that. It's just a matter of the pieces that you have around you and what you can do to elevate everybody else.
I've got four dogs, and I just don't do dog doo. I'm a diva when it comes to that.
I don't talk trash often, but when I do, I go for the jugular.
Can I jump over two or three guys like I used to? No. Am I as fast as I used to be? No, but I still have the fundamentals and smarts. That's what enables me to still be a dominant player. As a kid growing up, I never skipped steps. I always worked on fundamentals because I know athleticism is fleeting.
Magic has five championships. I have five championships. I'm pretty sure we both know what we're doing.
It's hard for me to grasp the concept of somebody being nervous when I'm talking to them.
Eeew, I'd be a little uncomfortable Googling myself. People sit there - and Google themselves? That's kind of weird.
Dropkick Murphys get me going, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Nirvana... plus, all the regular hip-hop stuff.
Twitter is great to connect with fans and be transparent. I enjoy that aspect about it. But really, I'm still trying to figure it out.
It never bothered me when people would say, 'You only win championships because you're playing with Shaq.' It bothered me when he said it.
If there were camera phones back in the day, the biggest athletes in the world would have had a lot of explaining to do.
It's disgusting, but my father taught me when your mouth gets dry, just suck the sweat out of your own jersey. There's no bravado to any of it; it's just a disgusting little trick.
It's different from being 21 and you think there's endless amount of opportunities. At 33, the ending is much, much closer.
At the end of 2003, my game was complete. Shooting, defense, using the dribble, transition, midrange stuff was all there. Then it was about fine-tuning and trying to improve in each area.
Pooper scooper? Yeah, I've done it a few times. Every once in a while, you have to.