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#1 Real Deal

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Posted 05 March 2013 - 06:39 PM

I've been a professional athletic trainer for about 16 years and have been able to work with a range of athletes from the high school to professional level. Right now I run in a clinic in Cincinnati and have most recently been training with some players on the Bengals.


I activated my reddit account just a moment ago and because I've been seeing the videos of Kobe's most recent dunks and the comments you guys have had to share I decided I might as well chime in what I know about the man. And let me just state by saying that this story doesn't touch on anything we don't know about Kobe but rather that he simply is not human when he is working on his craft.


I was invited to Las Vegas this past Summer to help Team USA with their conditioning before they head off to London, and as we know they would eventually bring home the Gold (USA). I've had the opportunity to work with Carmelo Anthony and Dwyane Wade in the past but this would be my first interaction with Kobe. We first met three days before the first scrimmage, on the day of the first practice, early July. It was a brief conversation where we talked about conditioning, where he would like to be by the end of the Summer, and we talked a little bit about the hustle of the Select Team. Then he got my number and I let him know that if he ever wanted some extra training he could hit me up any time.


The night before the first scrimmage I remember I was just watched "Casablanca" for the first time and it was about 3:30 AM. I lay in bed, slowly fading away when I hear my cell ring. It was Kobe. I nervously picked up.


"Hey, uhh Rob, I hope I'm not disturbing anything right?"


"Uhh no, what's up Kob?"


"Just wondering if you could just help me out with some conditioning work, that's all."


I checked my clock. 4:15 AM.


"Yeah sure, I'll see you in the facility in a bit."


It took me about twenty minutes to get my gear and out of the hotel. When I arrived and opened the room to the main practice floor I saw Kobe. Alone. He was drenched in sweat as if he had just taken a swim. It wasn't even 5AM.


We did some conditioning work for the next hour and fifteen minutes. Then we entered the weight room, where he would do a multitude of strength training exercises for the next 45 minutes. After that we parted ways and he went back to the practice floor to shoot. I went back to the hotel and crashed. Wow.


I was expected to be at the floor again at about 11 AM. I woke up feeling sleepy, drowsy, and almost pretty much every side effect of sleep deprivation. Thanks, Kobe. I had a bagel and headed to the practice facility.


This next part I remember very vividly. All the Team USA players were there, feeling good for the first scrimmage. LeBron was talking to Carmelo if I remember correctly and Coach Krzyzewski was trying to explain something to Kevin Durant. On the right side of the practice facility was Kobe by himself shooting jumpers. And this is how our next conversation went -- I went over to him, patted him on the back and said, "Good work this morning."




"Like, the conditioning. Good work."


"Oh. Yeah, thanks Rob. I really appreciate it."


"So when did you finish?"


"Finish what?"


"Getting your shots up. What time did you leave the facility?"


"Oh just now. I wanted 800 makes so yeah, just now."


My jaw dropped. Mother of holy God. It was then that I realized that there's no surprise to why he's been as effective as he was last season. Every story about his dedication, every quote that he's said about hard work all came together and hit me like a train. It's no surprise to me now that he's dunking on players ten years younger than him and it wasn't a surprise to me earlier this year when he led the league in scoring.


Thanks for reading and allowing me to share you my Kobe Bryant story. If anyone has any questions I can clarify. Sorry if the story was at all hard to follow as this is my first time on reddit.




EDIT: Spelling. Thank you all for your wonderful comments!


#2 Sħãlïq™



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Posted 05 March 2013 - 08:05 PM

Reminds me of when Kobe said he aimed for 2,000 makes every day in the offseason.

Edited by Sħãlïq™, 05 March 2013 - 08:08 PM.

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#3 NomarFachix


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Posted 05 March 2013 - 10:06 PM

He's such a beast.

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Posted 06 March 2013 - 08:05 AM

Kobe has the best work ethic of any athlete ...hands down

#5 Make It Naaaashty

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Posted 06 March 2013 - 11:04 PM

There's no better role model than Kobe. (Excluding his rape case lol)
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#6 Sħãlïq™



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Posted 15 March 2013 - 06:17 PM

Not exactly a 'work ethic story' but still a good read:



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#7 Sħãlïq™



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Posted 18 March 2013 - 10:13 PM

It's contageous:




Paul George Copied Kobe Bryant’s Work Ethic to Become a Star


According to Indiana Pacers star swingman Paul George, he used some of Kobe Bryant’s tricks of the trade to elevate his game to a new level this season. (The Cali native has never hidden his reverence of the Black Mamba.) Per 1070 the Fan in Indianapolis (via SRI): “On his growth as a player: ‘I switched it all up, just my whole preparation. I come in early, I lift before every game and I get about 300 or 400 shots up prior to the game as well. All of that really came from Kobe Bryant. With him being around Brian Shaw and Brian Shaw being around us and me having a relationship with Brian Shaw and the conversations we have had, that’s how Kobe prepares and gets ready for games. Me, idolizing Kobe growing up in L.A, that’s really how I changed my whole season around.’”

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Posted 19 March 2013 - 08:20 PM

Lifting before games/practices?  Yeah im not sure how these guys do it, I cant mix basketball and lifting. :lol:

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