During his illustrious 20-year NBA career, Kobe Bryant captured five NBA Championships.
As it turns out, the Black Mamba came up three short.
Bryant recently revealed that the dream of winning eight rings was something that fueled his legendary work ethic.
“I left a few on the table, to be honest with you. As a kid, you grow up, and you say, ‘OK, this is what I want to do. I want to win eight championships.’ And I fell three short. But that was a real thing for me. Like, this is what I’m going to do,” Bryant said at a recent Q&A hosted by BODYARMOR, the sports drink company for which he’s a major investor. “(I wanted eight) because Magic had five, Jordan won six. So Michael won one more than Magic. I wanted to win two more than Mike. It makes no sense, but it made sense to me.”
Kobe would eventually equal Magic’s total, tying him for the 14th-most rings ever won by a single NBA player. Had Kobe captured eight rings, he would’ve tied for the 3rd-most championships won by any player, with only Sam Jones (10 rings) and Bill Russell (11 rings) ranking ahead of him.