We all know that basketball hall of famer Kobe Bryant is a champion. A competitor of the highest sort whose dedicated a majority of his life to not only playing basketball but doing so at the highest level. So while most of us can’t relate, you can at least imagine the adjustment he’s had to make now that he’s retired from the game and is devoting his time and energy to other ventures…at least partially.
Since his retirement, Bryant has started coaching a youth basketball team featuring his own now13-year-old daughter, Gianna Maria-Onore Bryant, and other girls.
Two years ago, the team came in fourth place. Naturally, Bryant wasn’t happy about it. And he shared the trophy, telling his athletes to use the fourth place trophy as a visual motivator to play better.
Later, he shared a picture of the team and proceeded too share more information than necessary about his players.
That’s actually edited a bit. In the initial post, he wrote:
“Here’s our fourth place “winners” picture lol six of the kids in the picture stayed with me and worked every single day to get better and continue to work to this day. The 7th player (not in pic) missed this game for a dance recital so that should tell you where her focus was at this time. From the original 7 we have added a player TWO years YOUNGER (6th grade now), a player who’s team in our area folded and a player who’s family moved here from Tennessee. The beauty of coaching is growing the players from the ground up. That journey continues #Mambas”
Naturally, there’s a problem with a huge public figure, with over 10 million followers, seemingly bashing a chid for skipping games and practices as a preteen. And this might also speak to the fact that while basketball was Kobe’s path in this life, it might not be for these pre-teen girls.
The post seemed like an overshare and a little too harsh, especially when children are involved.
Since the post started garnering attention, Kobe came forward to share that the message was about progress, hard work and dedication. Even that he too had other interests as an adolescent.
Still, the internet didn’t see it as such. Not to mention mess is funnier. Check out the jokes on the following pages.