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Old 03-04-2013, 11:02 PM   #1
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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."
"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.
http://www.reddit.com/r/nba/comments...m_an_athletic/



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Old 03-04-2013, 11:03 PM   #2
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Old 03-04-2013, 11:05 PM   #3
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Old 03-04-2013, 11:09 PM   #4
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GOAT work ethic
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Old 03-04-2013, 11:14 PM   #5
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Last of a dying breed.
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Old 03-04-2013, 11:16 PM   #6
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Pretty amazing to me that this guy, at his age, who's been in the league for 17 seasons ... can do the things he does against dudes in their physical primes. Respect.
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Old 03-04-2013, 11:24 PM   #7
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Old 03-04-2013, 11:24 PM   #8
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Kobe took 4 hours to make 800 shots. #notimpressed
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Old 03-04-2013, 11:24 PM   #9
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Old 03-04-2013, 11:30 PM   #10
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this made me cry. kobe is my hero.
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Old 03-04-2013, 11:39 PM   #11
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We will all miss Kobe when he is gone. Enjoy it now.
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Old 03-04-2013, 11:46 PM   #12
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Something else that I found on Reddit:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature...&v=nRB7n4axSCE
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Old 03-04-2013, 11:46 PM   #13
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Kobe just on another plane as usual. Awe inspiring

but how is a guy gonna be watching casablanca for the first time when he's presumably in his 40s at very least? homie needs to step up his classic movie game
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Old 03-04-2013, 11:55 PM   #14
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Kobe took 4 hours to make 800 shots. #notimpressed

but it only takes him half hour to TAKE 800 shots
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Old 03-04-2013, 11:57 PM   #15
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Kobe took 4 hours to make 800 shots. #notimpressed

actually, it's impressive, consider that he has to make 200 shots an hour. Over 3 shots made per minute. MEANING, every 20 seconds he has to make a shot.

and Kobe isn't probably standing below the basket throwing in layups. He is probably practicing different spots on the floor, different moves.

#impressed
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