Neymar, Paul Rodriguez And Other Elite Athletes Open Up About The Influence Of Kobe Bryant

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“He’s always trying to take your heart out. And you’ve gotta be ready for that.”

After 20 seasons in the NBA, Kobe Bryant is finally hanging up his sneakers. Throughout his two-decade tenure with the Los Angeles Lakers, Bryant built a reputation for being a fierce – borderline homicidal – competitor. Bryant wanted to be the very best, and if you weren’t down with it, he set out to destroy you, whether you were a friend or foe. After all, that’s why Kobe started comparing himself to the Black Mamba, a deadly snake whose bite can potentially kill someone in less than an hour. (Apparently no one had the courage to tell Bryant that it’s lame to give yourself a nickname.) Nike rounded up some of the greatest athletes of the last decade to describe Kobe’s impact on their lives, including Brazilian soccer star Neymar, pro skateboarder Paul “P-Rod” Rodriguez and Argentine soccer player Javier Mascherano.

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Yes, You’re Reading This In 2016: This Kid And His Horse Foiled A Robbery

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Yes, You’re Reading This In 2016: This Kid And His Horse Foiled A Robbery

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Yes, in 2016, heroes on horseback still exist. Nester Zepeda, a 23-year-old from the San Fernando Valley in Los Angeles, was recently awarded certificates of appreciation by the Los Angeles Police Department and L.A. City Council for thwarting a robbery.

According to the Los Angeles Daily News, Zepeda was riding his horse, Palomino, near a local shopping mall when he heard a woman screaming in the parking lot. After hearing the woman scream that someone had snatched her purse, Zepeda saw the thief and immediately gave chase. Zepeda says that once the thief realized he was being chased by someone on horseback, he threw the purse back to Zepeda. He let the thief run off after noticing that Palomino was injured during the chase. Zepeda returned the purse to the woman intact.

L.A. City Councilman Mitch Englander awarded Zepeda with a hero medallion and commended him (and his horse) for getting involved. Englander: “You’ve gone over and above the call of duty for a citizen, and over and above the call of duty of a horse.”

Zepeda said he doesn’t see himself as a hero. “I just did what I could. I would like someone to do that if something like this happened to me,” said Zepeda in a news conference.

Read more about Zepeda and Palomino @ Los Angeles Daily News and NBC 4 Los Angeles.

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