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Kobe Bryant Is the Worst Kind of Youth Sports Coach

Not a good look!


After retiring from the NBA in 2016, Kobe Bryant kept busy with a variety of endeavors. He wrote a children’s book, produced an Oscar-winning short film, and stayed involved with basketball as the coach of his daughter’s team.

Strangely enough, it’s this last role that’s proved most challenging for Bryant. Because while his knowledge of the game is unquestionable, his knowledge of how to be a good youth coach leaves a lot to be desired.

A photo Bryant posted to his Instagram shows the team holding trophies and looking…less than thrilled. It’s evidence that the future hall of famer failed miserably at what should be the number one priority of any kids’ coach: making sure everyone has fun.

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Compare that to this post from a couple of days earlier that showed the team after a (massive) win.

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Eighth-grade basketball leagues like the one his daughter plays in are not the ultra-competitive pinnacle of the sport Bryant is used to. These two pictures suggest that for Bryant’s team winning means happiness and losing means sadness. That sucks, as youth coaches should ensure that their players have fun win or lose.

Then there’s the issue of the caption, which isn’t great now but used to be even worse.

Sports Illustrated posted a screenshot of the original post on Twitter, which shows that Bryant added “meaning she enjoyed dance more than ball which is fine. Now? She eat sleeps and breaths the game” to the original. Without the edit, he sounds kind of pissed at a literal child. With the edit, he sounds miffed at a literal child. Neither is a good look.

Bryant had to be hypercompetitive to be as successful as he was in the NBA, and it’s not something we’d fault him for (there’s plenty of other stuff in that category). But to do the best job he can for his daughter and her teammates, the Mamba should consider chilling out and