Home Nike kobe ‘Is anything about him original’: Fans lash out at Novak Djokovic as he uses Kobe Bryant’s inspirational 7-word message after Wimbledon 2022 success

‘Is anything about him original’: Fans lash out at Novak Djokovic as he uses Kobe Bryant’s inspirational 7-word message after Wimbledon 2022 success


Kobe Bryant has enchanted the NBA universe with his mastery on the court for 20 years. His NBA legacy will be remembered for the hard work and perseverance he put into his craft. Technique meets tenacity for the Black Mamba. As well as possessing poise, he had a firm bite to his game, offering a clash of different worlds.

Kobe was an inspiration for this reason. He was always digging deeper to add new skills to his repertoire, which led to his gallant rise. His positive influence, however, was not limited to the realm of hoops. He fled beyond that and inspired everyone who knew the principles of the Mamba mentality.


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Echoes of his enormous influence have also been heard in the world of tennis. Novak Djokovic survey his fourth straight men’s singles title at Wimbledon this Sunday and his 21st Grand Slam title overall. After winning the coveted title, the tennis player quoted Kobe Bryant, indicating that he is already planning another trophy.

“My favorite title is the next title,” says Djokovic.

Kobe always wanted this to be his legacy. It has driven individuals to continually seek more and advance the sport as a whole.

Fans hit out at Djokovic for quoting Kobe Bryant

While Djokovic quoted Kobe Bryant, showing what Mamba Mentality is, many weren’t happy with it. Many people assumed that the tennis star was arrogant and overconfident. While others chastised him for his lack of originality.

Kobe had a big impact on Novak Djokovic

Kobe Bryant has had a huge influence on the lives of many people. Novak Djokovic is also another person who has been accompanied by Kobe throughout his career.


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Djokovic has built a solid career; however, there was a time when he was going through a rough patch. He was, however, lucky to have a friend and mentor like Kobe by his side. The tennis star was battling an elbow injury between 2017 and 2018 which held him back.

However, the tables turned for Djokovic as he enjoyed a rebound year in 2018. He won the Wimbledon and US Open titles and dominated the tour as a whole.

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When asked what changed, he said the Los Angeles Lakers legend was one of his mentors and helped him cope emotionally and physically.

Kobe, along with his daughter Gianna, tragically passed away in a helicopter crash in January 2020. Djokovic couldn’t hold back his tears after losing his dear friend during a post-match interview. He also shared how Kobe was his inspiration and how he was always there for him.


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He also paid tribute to Kobe by donning a jacket with Bryant’s initials. It also had his basketball jersey numbers – 8 and 24 – printed on it. As he left the field, he left a touching note for Kobe and his daughter. He wrote on a camera lens, “KB 8 24 Gigi Love You.”


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These are the examples that define Kobe Bryant’s legacy, which extends far beyond basketball.