- The Los Angeles Lakers legend, Kobe Bryant visited the Philippines for the first time after he retired
- Byant’s career came to an end in April this year
- The retired basketball player of the National Basketball Association, used to belong to the purple and gold team, Los Angeles Lakers, for twenty years
Kobe Bryant visited Manila again during the weekend for the Mamba Mentality Tour.
Bryant arrived in the Philippines on the evening of Friday, June 24.
The NBA champ went to a covered basketball court in Barangay Ususan, Taguig City.
Although he was there for just a short while, he had a few time to talk to such an energized crowd. To their surprise, Kobe Bryant even gave Golden Nike Basketballs and free tickets to his Mamba Mentality Night, which will be held in Smart Araneta Coliseum, to three kids.
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"The sum of the 'Mamba mentality' to me is to be on the constant quest to try to be the best version of yourself."
"That's what the mentality is," he explained.
Bryant also met the media in a press briefing at the Shangri-La Hotel in Bonifacio Global City before his event.
“It's always fun to come here, there's so much energy that surrounds the game and so much passion for the game. I enjoy it every time I come here," Kobe said.
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"It's still important for me to stay in shape so I'm still working out, still training, doing all sort of things," he said. "And then I also continue to create, innovate our performance products with Nike so I've been extremely busy," the NBA legend added.
The day after the tour, the legend trained selected players in the Kobe Academy.
This was the seventh time he visited the Philippines. His first one was in 1998 when Bryant surprised his hyped fans with events and a dunking exhibition during the halftime of PBA finals game.
Kobe Bryant was born on August 23, 1978 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.