R.I.P Kobe and Gianna!  Thank you for your inspiration.  Words by Kobe.

Everything negative – pressure, challenges – is all an opportunity for me to rise.

It’s not about the number of hours you practice, it’s about the number of hours your mind is present during the practice.

If you want to make history, you have to do historic things.

If you don’t believe in yourself…nobody else will.

Once you know what it is in life that you want to do, then the world basically becomes your library. Everything you view, you can view from that perspective, which makes everything a learning asset for you.

If you’re afraid to fail, then you’re probably going to fail.

I never tried to prove anything to someone else. I wanted to prove something to myself.

The most important thing, the thing that unites all of us, is that we can INSPIRE and CHALLENGE one another TO BE BETTER.

You always have to be on edge. You always have to take every practice, every game, like it is your last.

You have to be true to who you are.

Listen to how everyone is talking about you. You have to use it as fuel for motivation.

When you love something, you’ll always come back to it. You’ll always keep asking questions, and finding answers.

Each moment of my life I was dreaming of how great I could be, and continued working hard. Each time I closed my eyes I could see me shining bright like a sun.

I have nothing in common with lazy people who blame others for their lack of success.

You can’t be held captive by the fear of failure or the fear of what people may say.

Our photo of Kobe Bryant made the front page of our local newspaper The Argonaut! View cover below!

This photo from the Kobe Bryant’s Strike at Light Speed” event in 2012.  View video above and photos below.


Venice Paparazzi was on the scene at the Kobe Bryant’s Strike at Light Speed” in 2012.  Re-live the Kobe magic here! View video above and photos below.

Description of the day Kobe Bryant visited Venice! 

On Saturday, December 8, 2012 five-time NBA Champion, and 14-time NBA All-Star, Kobe Bryant was at the historic Venice Beach basketball courts to give his hometown fans the first chance to try out his newest signature shoe from Nike Basketball: the Kobe 8 System.

Fans were able to try the shoe, and Strike at Light Speed by competing in a timed basketball experience that reference Kobe’s mastery of his sport—speed, accuracy, focus, and vision.

Jeff Garcia, the Sports Dude from Power 106 FM, hosted the event, and spoke to Kobe about the Kobe 8 System, and what it feels like to play at the speed of light.

Also, Power 106 FM personality Mando Fresko played the latest and greatest music, to keep the fans in the zone.

What was really great was that the Boys and Girls Club sat in their own private section at the event!  What a great experience had by all members and their families. Way to go  Kobe Bryant!

Kobe takes a minute to say hi to the Boys and Girls Club of Venice.

Center –  Past Boys and Girls Club Venice’s CEO Erikk Aldridge


Photo:  Rec and Parks Fred Ealey and Venice Ball kids

Venice Ball’s co-founder Nick Ansom and Venice Ball kids.

NIKE team shot!



View 2012 Kobe Bryant video by Venice Paparazzi.

View all 2012 photos by Venice Paparazzi  


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