I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: We hold these truths to be self-evident that all men are created equal.
I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood.
I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a state sweltering with the heat of injustice, sweltering with the heat of oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice.
I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character. I have a dream today!
I have a dream that one day, down in Alabama, with its vicious racists, with its governor having his lips dripping with the words of interposition and nullification; one day right down in Alabama little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers. I have a dream today!
I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, and every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made plain, and the crooked places will be made straight, and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed and all flesh shall see it together.
This is our hope. This is the faith that I will go back to the South with. With this faith we will be able to hew out of the mountain of despair a stone of hope. With this faith we will be able to transform the jangling discords of our nation into a beautiful symphony of brotherhood. With this faith we will be able to work together, to pray together, to struggle together, to go to jail together, to stand up for freedom together, knowing that we will be free one day.
And this will be the day, this will be the day when all of God's children will be able to sing with new meaning, "My country 'tis of thee, sweet land of liberty, of thee I sing. Land where my fathers died, land of the Pilgrim's pride, from every mountainside, let freedom ring!" And if America is to be a great nation, this must become true.
All the students:
Hello everyone. The Black Mamba is a deadly poisonous snakes, why do I take this name? Because I once entered the stadium, I'm deadly, like the black mamba. So there I can make fun of, but once I entered the stadium, I would like to change a person, be absorbed in the court.
I am 35 years old, is reached after the half occupation career, like some injury is It is quite common for the. Once injured, you feel the world stopped, whether injured knee, shoulder injury etc.. I know a lot of people so that the entire occupation career is ruined, and some people even unable to get up after a fall, can't even return. When that moment, I will look at yourself in the mirror and say, "Kobe, what would you do? If you experience this pain will you? "You know that every time I see someone injured, I met a lot of people do not come back after the injury, I looked at myself in the mirror to oneself said," Is it right? Should stop playing? "I don't know myself can also return. I'm here to tell you, I want to completely recovered and returned to the stadium. But I wouldn't bet on it, because a lot of the time I also have doubt, but I think, which is to meet the challenges of the significance.
To seize every opportunity, you prove yourself to all people, that you can meet the challenge. To those who say you can never succeed, you will fail to prove, this is my opinion. If someone says to you of the injury, to be unable to get up after a fall, for me, if somebody this injury may quit, but Kobe can't. People say that you can not, I would say, you so that you may exit. So I must prove to them, especially to those who support me, love of my fans, I must win, to win the pain, will be able to return. In order to let all of the doubters think again, what will become impossible possible. The importance of these scars represented here, these scars is my growth transition .
As a player, I was born with a passion is to succeed, want to win. At the same time is also the most difficult thing in life is the most important thing. As a player, go up to meet the greatest challenge to the stadium, I think the biggest challenge is to get the people to become as one, constantly, constantly victory, this is the biggest challenge of team sports, this is also my passion. For me personally, the most important thing is to continue to meet the challenge, but never fear challenges is very important.
But more important is to keep curiosity about things, such as how to play better, how to improve skills, how to learn from them what. Actually I have been looking for me from the aspects of motivation factors, not only from the Michael Jordan body, from the magician Elvin Johnson, also from Michael Jackson, Beethoven, Da Vinci, Bruce Lee, these great people gave me encouragement, let me go, so this is the black mamba the spirit of. Does not mean that you should continue to attack others, but you must never stop the pace of progress. Life is Knowledge has no limit., so learning becomes extremely important. Do you want to continue learning, learning, learning, and others, understanding, learning, and not think you understand what.
Only in this way, you can become a better person, your skills in order to further improve the. Finally, there will be a byproduct, become a champion, a better myself. For me this is the black mamba's spirit, at the root of my spirit. So if I can pass on the spirit to all of you, no matter what you want to do, to become a basketball player, a writer or host, no matter what you dream, you must adhere to dream, to learn from successful previous experience and knowledge, successful people from all walks of life, their body there are some features that make them successful, talent showing itself, this is just what I want to transfer to the positive energy you.
Mr.John Doleva,Hall of Fame Executive Committee,ladies and gentlemen,good evening.
When I heard that I was speaking first tonight,I thought that someone made a mistake.The first speaker should be the great Allen Iverson.I need practice more than he does.
First of all,I would like to thank you for giving me this great honor.Your recognition has made tonight a most memorable moment for me.Although perhaps my career ended too soon,for me I treasure each and every moment.I am grateful for my time on the court,and for your recognition tonight.
I would like to thank my sponsors.
Bill Russell.I remember that you invited me to dinner at your house in Seattle in my rookie year.That evening,and all of your advice since,really built up my confidence and made me feel comfortable in a new country.
Bill Walton.You supported me all the way.Thank you for your advice and encouragement.You were the first one who called me when I woke up from mysurgery.You told me to stay positive.I will always remember that.
Dikembe Mutombo.I put you last because you are the oldest of the three.We played together for five years and had so many memories on and off the court.Nothing can break the bond between us—not even all those elbows you gave me in practice.
As you know I am from China,and my journey began there.
My parents were basketball players back in the 1970s.I heard so many great stories about them,about how they played and how good they were.More importantly,so many people know how good they are as people.I am very fortunate to be your son.
The gift I had from you was not only height...the way you taught me how to think,how to make decisions.And of course,my soft touch on the free throw line.Which is why I had 10,000 free throws less than O'Neill.
My wife Li.We met when we were high school age.You know how much you mean to me.Thank you for being my life partner.Our lovely daughter Amy is a treasure to both of us.We wish she could be here,but she is in her first week of school.And she has to live with the consequences of choosing soccer over basketball...I'll fix that.
My basketball journey began on the back of coach Li Zhangmin’s bicycle when he gave me a ride to my very first practice on the basketball court.I would like to congratulate you on a very successful and very long career as you retire this year.Thank you for your work and your effrot,and so many kids have benefited from you and your work.
Coach Li Qiuping you were my coach at the Shanghai Sharks.You led us to win so far the only CBA championship before I came to NBA,and you gave us so much and sacrifice so much in that year you lost your wife to cancer.Thank you for your dedication and your sacrifices to us.
I want to thank the city of Shanghai,the Shanghai Sharks and the CBA league for doing everything to encourage me,prepare me,train me.They helped me to be ready for the next challenges in my life.
There is old saying in China that if the mirror is made of bronze,one can dress properly.If the mirror is history,one can predict ups and downs.If the mirror is people,one can reflect on one’s own weakness and strength.And now,I would like to mention a few mirrors in my life.
First,I want to mention Mr.Mou Zouyun.He was a basketball legend.Over 80 years ago,Mr.Mou came here to Springfield to study basketball.He went back to China and dedicated his life to Chinese basketball.Today,the CBA Championship Cup is named after him.This cup is the life goal that every CBA player can dream of.
I am not the first Chinese man to play in the NBA.That honor belongs Wang Zhi Zhi.He was a pioneer for all future Chinese players who dream of coming to the NBA.He cleared the road for us and made so many sacrifices.I learned so much from him.Although he cannot be here today,I want to thank him.
Many people know the story that began when the Rockets drafted me in 20xx.Not many people know how much effort the Rockets put in before I arrived and throughout my career.Thank you to Les Alexander,Michael Goldberg,Carroll Dawson,Tad Brown,Daryl Morey and Keith Jones for making me feel at home in Houston.
When I arrived in Houston on my first day,Steve Francis gave me a strong high five and a big hug to welcome me.Steve has been the perfect big brother to me ever since that day.
Cuttino Mobley invited me to his home for something called“soul food.”I thought he meant salty food which confused me a little bit.Thank you to Steve,Cuttino and everyone on my early Rockets teams for making me feel so welcome.
Rudy T.is famous for saying,“Never underestimate the heart of a champion.”Rudy has demonstrated this not only on the court,but off the court too,especially in his battle with cancer.Rudy,you have always inspired me to be the better that I can be.
When Jeff Van Gundy arrived with Patrick Ewing and Tom Thibodeau,that coaching staff turned us into a tough defensive team,like he always does.
With T-Mac,Shane Battier,Rafer Alston,we became a talented young team,especially with Dikembe.That team was not only competitive,but a team with a brotherhood.
I always remember Coach Van Gundy said once that,“The best chance also could be your last.”That is true in basketball and in life.
My last NBA coach was Rick Adelman.He helped us develop so many talented players like Carl Landry,Luis Scola and Aaron Brooks.We had a great run in 20xx-20xx,but unfortunately my injury cut things short and ended my time with the Rockets too soon.I will always remember my time spent with the Houston Rockets as some of the best times in my life.
As a basketball player,I was one of the most blessed players on the planet.I played against some of the best athletes in the world.
A great athlete not only has great teammates,but great opponents.Great opponents push us forward.Opponents like Shaquille O’Neal.Shaq:Every game we played reminded me of the old saying,“What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.”Thank you for that.
I consider Houston my second home,so I want to say something to the people of Houston.You stood by me in good and bad times.You gave me strength to move forward.I will always consider you my family.I am a Texan and a Houston Rocket for life.
All of this would not be possible without the vision of David Stern and the NBA.Thank you to David Stern,Adam Silver,Kim Bohuny and everyone at the NBA for your kindness and support.
Finally,to Team Yao.We all look older and fatter than when we first met.
Ladies and gentlemen,I like to pay my respect to Dr.Naismith,to the 361 members of the Hall of Fame,and to everyone who has contributed to the game of basketball all over the world in last 125 years.
All of these individuals are stars and together they form the galaxy in the universe of basketball.The game has inspired billions of people around the world.As one of them,I will do my part to continue to help grow the great game of basketball,and we all look forward to watching the stars of tomorrow emerge and shine.
Thank you for this great honor.Thank you.