A story about Kobe Bryant's work ethic

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A story about Kobe Bryant's work ethic 

Post#1 » by Jellybeans824 » Tue Mar 5, 2013 1:18 am

Simply Amazing.



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'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."
"Huh?"
"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.
Rob.

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Re: A story about Kobe Bryant's work ethic 

Post#2 » by GAME TIME » Tue Mar 5, 2013 1:22 am

Great read thanks.
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Re: A story about Kobe Bryant's work ethic 

Post#3 » by spearsy23 » Tue Mar 5, 2013 1:26 am

He should have taken all that energy and put it into defense.
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Post#4 » by D-BE-LAW » Tue Mar 5, 2013 1:27 am

goats gonna goat
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Post#5 » by WinisKing » Tue Mar 5, 2013 1:28 am

One of the GOAT work ethics, truly a motivational read
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Post#6 » by Zubby » Tue Mar 5, 2013 1:31 am

So what... Kobe dont sleep?
This is worse than the PEDs accusations... Kobe is a machine. an android, built by the LAL organization :o
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Post#7 » by Mamba Venom » Tue Mar 5, 2013 1:36 am

D-BE-LAW wrote:goats gonna goat


That is a funny awesome comment.

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Post#8 » by Jimmy Recard » Tue Mar 5, 2013 1:38 am

spearsy23 wrote:He should have taken all that energy and put it into defense.

:lol:
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Post#9 » by Dr Aki » Tue Mar 5, 2013 1:38 am

i wonder if kobe has some sort of condition that his adrenals secrete excess amounts of cortisol during sleep, but instead of getting cushing's syndrome, he uses it to work out instead
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Post#10 » by kasino » Tue Mar 5, 2013 1:38 am

He's so "never say die"
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Post#11 » by TheFix » Tue Mar 5, 2013 1:41 am

This would be more impressive if he hasn't turned into a one-way player.
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Post#12 » by qm22 » Tue Mar 5, 2013 1:41 am

spearsy23 wrote:He should have taken all that energy and put it into defense.


rofl, I think this was the funniest comment I've ever read on RealGM. Not to be a hater but people frequently act like Kobe is the only guy in the NBA working to his limits.
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Post#13 » by qm22 » Tue Mar 5, 2013 1:46 am

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Post#14 » by TARIQ » Tue Mar 5, 2013 1:50 am

Kobe's work ethic is unmatched
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Post#15 » by Don Ford » Tue Mar 5, 2013 1:51 am

Dont bait.
I'll do whatever it takes to win games, whether it's sitting on a bench waving a towel, handing a cup of water to a teammate, or hitting the game-winning shot. --Kobe Bryant
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Post#16 » by Bodhi » Tue Mar 5, 2013 1:54 am

Zubby wrote:So what... Kobe dont sleep?
This is worse than the PEDs accusations... Kobe is a machine. an android, built by the LAL organization :o


I'm sure Kobe sleeps less than just about everyone on the planet, but most pro athletes take naps. Here's an article on it:
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/07/sport ... d=all&_r=0

And here's another fun article about how Kobe prepares
http://sports.espn.go.com/espnmag/story?id=4068270
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Post#17 » by og15 » Tue Mar 5, 2013 1:55 am

It's going to be REALLY hard for Kobe to stop playing basketball. His whole identity is wrapped around basketball. While this is good for the fan, not sure this is actually the most healthy thing for him, but it is some good dedication. Just imagine being dedicated to whatever your passion(s) are in a similar fashion, though I would advice in a little more healthy fashion. The line between high dedication and obsession can be very very close.
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Post#18 » by spectacularmove » Tue Mar 5, 2013 1:56 am

"He's cursed just as much as I am"
Indeed he is
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Post#19 » by Jellybeans824 » Tue Mar 5, 2013 2:00 am

spectacularmove wrote:"He's cursed just as much as I am"
Indeed he is


Isn't that what MJ said in the interview? What did he mean by that anyways?
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Post#20 » by WinisKing » Tue Mar 5, 2013 2:05 am

Jellybeans824 wrote:
spectacularmove wrote:"He's cursed just as much as I am"
Indeed he is


Isn't that what MJ said in the interview? What did he mean by that anyways?

Obviously suggesting that Kobe would fail as a NBA owner
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