Derek Jeter’s Players Tribune website has established itself as the go-to destination for current and former players to pen essays regarding a variety of topics. Most recently, Kevin Durant revealed his monumental free agency “decision” to join the Warriors on the site. In today’s edition, Kobe Bryant published a heartfelt letter he wrote to himself at 17, as he entered the NBA. In it, he offered his younger self sage advice, and warned him of the pitfalls to avoid during his upcoming 21 year career.
— The Players’ Tribune (@PlayersTribune) July 20, 2016
Most of Kobe’s advice to young Kobe is about how to keep his family and friends out of his pockets during his career. The letter reads like a passive aggressive scolding for pampered family and friends who turned into enabled monsters. One excerpt reads:
“You will come to understand that you were taking care of them because it made YOU feel good, it made YOU happy to see them smiling and without a care in the world — and that was extremely selfish of you. While you were feeling satisfied with yourself, you were slowly eating away at their own dreams and ambitions. You were adding material things to their lives, but subtracting the most precious gifts of all: independence and growth.”
Today in The Herd, Colin imparted some pearls of wisdom in his own letter to Young Kobe. Rather than giving advice about how to deal with family members Kobe doesn’t like, Colin gave Young Kobe advice on dealing with future Laker teammates he’ll grow to hate.
“You’re gonna have Shaq as a teammate, just deal with it. Stay together. A good rule of thumb, 17-year-old Kobe, never trust anybody from here on out named Smush. Also, Kobe, there’s going to be a day when you’re gonna have to have a pitch meeting with a guy named Dwight Howard. 17-year-old Kobe, I want you to take a sick day. Go grab a Double Double from In ‘n out. You stay out of that pitch meeting. Nothing good id gonna happen.”
Colin also implored Kobe to shoot until his arm falls off in his final home game, critics be damned. Looks like that piece of advice stuck.
— Herd w/Colin Cowherd (@TheHerd) July 20, 2016