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Coach Kobe Bryant Shares Philosophies on How to Reach Kids

October 16, 2018 - 3:02 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — Call him Coach Kobe.

Kobe Bryant sounded just as passionate about coaching his daughter's middle-school basketball team as he was about playing for the Los Angeles Lakers under Phil Jackson as he held court about his coaching philosophies and the state of youth sports on Tuesday.

Bryant was the headliner for the Aspen Institute's annual summit on youth sports. The gathering was meant to foster discussion about how to improve youth sports in America and share data about participation rates, the health and development of child athletes and other trends.

Bryant said he was fortunate to have played for coaches who encourage players' creativity rather than taking an autocratic approach.

"For adults, it's important for us to get out of the way. Sometimes the most important thing to do is to just observe," Bryant said. "You just watch and then you can guide."

He referenced a conversation with fantasy novelist George R.R. Martin, whose books are the basis for "Game of Thrones," in explaining his coaching philosophy. He said he asked Martin why the parents of his heroes always had to die. Martin's response: "They either have to die or be a part of the problem."

"It's a terrible analogy, but bear with me," Bryant said. "As parents of young athletes and coaches, if we are constantly providing the answer for them, they will not be able to problem-solve on their own. Give them the tools to go out and finish."

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