20: The Many Quotes Of Kobe
The many moods of Kobe - combined with his lack of filter - brought us too many memorable quotes to count. But we'll leave you with five for the ages.
Feb. 18, 2015: "I've shot too much from the time I was 8 years old. But 'too much' is a matter of perspective. Some people thought Mozart had too many notes in his compositions. Let me put it this way: I entertain people who say I shoot too much. I find it very interesting. Going back to Mozart, he responded to critics by saying there were neither too many notes or too few. There were as many as necessary."
May 2012: "I don't give a [expletive] what you say. If I go out there and miss game winners, and people say, 'Kobe choked, or Kobe is seven for whatever in pressure situations.' Well, [expletive] you."
January 3, 2013, on why the Lakers looked tired: "'Cause we're old as sh--. What do you want?"
Dec. 14, 2014, on his warm reception for passing Michael Jordan on the all-time scorer list: "I'm used to being the villain, so to have moments like that, like when you're not expecting a hug and you get a hug, you're like, 'Man, this actually feels pretty damn good.'"
June 28, 2015: "Friends can come and go, but banners hang forever."