- Jose Mourinho has urged his players to have the same mentality as late LA Lakers star Kobe Bryant
- The Portuguese gaffer passed this message to his players when he took the mantle to become Tottenham boss last November
- Bryant died in a helicopter crash including his daughter and seven other people on board
Jose Mourinho has persuaded his players to follow the winning mentality of Kobe Bryant when he became manager of Tottenham last November.
The La Lakers legend including his 13-year-old daughter Gianna and seven other died in the tragic crash that occurred in California.
Reports revealed the helicopter pilot was told you are too low moments before the fatal accident happened.
Celebrities and fans have paid tributes to the two-time Olympic gold medalist with the United states in basketball.
Flashback to Mourinho's unveiling at the north London club, he made comments about Bryant to his players that would be useful to them.
“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 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.”
Kobe is currently the fourth highest scoring player in the NBA with 33,643 points, a record Lebrone recently surpassed by a point.
He played his entire 20-year career with the Los Angeles based side winning five championships and was named in the All-Star team 18 times.
Bryant was nicknamed the black after calling it quits with the sport and also wrote a series of kids books and even won an Oscar for his short film Dear Basketball in 2018.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had earlier reported that Kobe Bryant was warned he was going too low before the unfortunate helicopter crash that saw the basketball legend, his daughter Gianna lose their lives.
A total of nine persons were killed in the terrible incident which occurred in Calabasas, California on Sunday, January 26.
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