October 26, 2021
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first_imgJOSE MOURINHO urged his Tottenham players to follow “serial winner” Kobe Bryant’s example when he became manager of the North Londoners in November.Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter Gianna and seven others died in a helicopter crash in California on Sunday.4 Jose Mourinho quoted Kobe Bryant in his first Tottenham press conference4 Bryant and daughter Gigi, 13, both died in the crashCredit: Instagram / @kobebryantIn a harrowing update, the helicopter’s pilot was told “you’re too low” moments before he crashed in thick fog on the west coast.Tributes have flooded in from across the globe, but Mourinho was already singling out NBA legend Bryant long before yesterday’s tragic loss.During his unveiling in November, Mourinho revealed: “I read one quote from Kobe Bryant…”And if you have to speak about some examples of professionalism and serial winners, Kobe is a great example in his sport and in the world of sport.”He says: ‘People say that I’m difficult but I’m only difficult for the ones that don’t share my principles.'”So all the colleagues that share his principles they just love him. The ones that don’t like him are the ones that don’t share the principles.”With me it’s basically the same. For me, everything is about the team, it’s not about selfish people.”For me, everything is about the group and professionalism and commitment and respect for the club, respect for the mates, respect for the fans.”With Bryant, it truly was a team-first approach – despite his career being plagued by “ball-hog” accusations – with the two-time Olympic gold medallist bleeding purple and gold.4 Tributes have poured in for Bryant following his shock deathCredit: AFPMOST READ IN SPORTTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50’ in coronavirus battle’I ACCEPT’McGregor accepts Silva fight at UFC catchweight of 176lbs in huge super-fightTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramPicturedA CUT ABOVEMike Tyson shows two-inch cut ‘picked up in training’ ahead of boxing returnPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless’NEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticIT’S…NOT TOMMY BOWETommy Bowe discovers someone has been impersonating him on TinderMAC DADDYTriple H wants McGregor v McMahon with winner getting rights to billionaire strutKobe won five NBA titles during his 20-year career at the Los Angeles Lakers, including three in a row between 2000 and 2002 – the “three-peat” – alongside Shaquille O’Neal.After retiring from basketball, Bryant – nicknamed the Black Mamba during his career – also wrote a series of kids books and even won an Oscar for his short film Dear Basketball in 2018.Mourinho may call himself the Special One, but perhaps it’s Bryant who really earned that title…4Watch LA Lakers legend Kobe Bryant’s top 3 plays of his careerlast_img read more