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Kobe Bryant Played Journey’s ‘Don’t Stop Believin’ Every Day for Two Years

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NBA superstar Kobe Bryant is retiring this year and recently he shared how he used Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin'” as motivation. Bryant played the song every day for two years because it reminded him of the feeling of losing. The song was played while the Lakers were losing the 2008 NBA Finals to the Boston Celtics. Bryant said, “I remember when we were losing, they played that song, that Journey song, and the whole arena started singing that song, and I hated that damn song for two years. Seriously, man. But I listened to the song every single day because it just reminded me of that feeling.”

Bryant also had the same sentiment for “I’m Shipping Up to Boston” by the Dropkick Murphys. He said, Same thing with the Dropkick Murphys,” Bryant added. “Like, I’m listening to the Dropkick Murphys all the time just because I wanted to remember that feeling, you know what I mean? To go back in 2010 and have that redemption . . . I was telling Lakers forward Metta World Peace on the bench when former Celtics and current Clippers forward Paul Pierce was running back down, ‘You know, Metta, I’m so damn happy we won that 2010 Finals. I’d be sick as hell sitting here right now.’ And he felt the same way.”

Photo Courtesy of Marty Moffatt

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