Bubba Wallace joined the long list of athletes and celebrities who publicly honored Kobe Bryant on Tuesday (Jan. 26, 2021). The NBA legend and champion died on Jan. 26, 2020.
The young NASCAR driver shared a photo on Twitter of himself mid-workout in front of a poster of Bryant. Along with the photo, Wallace shared one of Bryant’s famous quotes. “‘Everything negative – pressure, challenges – is all an opportunity for me to rise’ #mambamentality,” the post said.
Fans of Bubba Wallace agreed that the “Mamba Mentality” is a beneficial way to approach life.
“You can, you will!!! Love the Mamba Mentality! Go get em Bubba hope you have a great season in your new ride! You can, YOU WILL!!!,” one user replied to Wallace.
“Get the work in and never stop!,” another said.
“Lots of eyes on ya now bro. Show em what it’s all about. #represent,” one post said.
Bubba Wallace wasn’t the only public figure to talk about Kobe Bryant on the anniversary of the Black Mamba’s death.
Bubba Wallace, Others Mourn Kobe Bryant One Year After His Death
“What would Kobe say to all of us now?” Smith asked Shaq. “He’s in heaven looking down on us; wishing us the best – probably wanting to push us, drive us forward. What would he be saying to us about now as it pertains to how we should be feeling about him and what we all should be doing with ourselves. What would he say in your estimation?”
The answer Kobe would give, according to Shaq, is pretty straightforward.
“He would probably say, ‘Carry on,’” O’Neal told Smith. “He would probably say, you know, ‘Thank you.’ At age 17, he said ‘I’m going to be the Will Smith of the NBA. … I want to be one of the biggest names to ever grace the basketball court. People are definitely going to remember my name.’”
Smith became emotional while talking about Bryant.
“Last time I saw (Kobe Bryant) was on New Year’s Eve. … It was the happiest I’d ever seen him,” Smith said. “He was completely at peace, his guard was down. Anything he had to prove was only to himself. … He’d reached a stratosphere in his life and in his world where he was completely validated and there was nothing else to debate or argue about his stature, his cache, his ascension in the world of sports and beyond.”
Charles Barkley also shared his thoughts on Bryant.
“Any time someone on the NBA dies, it’s painful,” Barkley said. “He was a great kid. He was obviously one of the greatest basketball players ever. … when people die young, that’s what hurts me.”