Kobe Bryant is my all time favorite athlete. I’ve been able to watch him grow as a player, public figure, and person. He has inspired me so much that I’ve tried to emulate his work ethic in my own craft as a lyricist. In honor of his last time suiting up as a Laker, I wanted to post the section that I wrote about him that’s in my book Accuracy (2014, Rebel Firm Books/Trafford Publishing).
Kobe Bryant knows a thing or two about accuracy.
The five-time World Champion, 16-time All-Star, 15-time member of the All-NBA First Team,
12-time member of the All-Defensive First Team and four-time All-Star
MVP has an unrelenting drive to be the best.
The only thing that’s as impressive as his athletic ability and passion
for the game is his longevity at an elite level. This has not come by accident.
Bryant adheres to a strict diet of little to no sugar and he works out six hours
a day, six days a week, six months out of the year. On average, he makes
between 700 and 1,000 shots during his workout. These are not shots taken
— these are shots made.
He understands that he’s not as young as he used to be and there are more
guys coming into the league who are younger and more athletic. Therefore,
Bryant is in the gym at 6 a.m. “blacking out.” Bryant doesn’t call what
he does working out, he calls it blacking out because he pushes himself past
his previous limitations until he is very uncomfortable. Bryant is a strong
proponent of stretching and he says that he is always learning new ways to
improve his game.
He dubbed himself the “Black Mamba,” the most poisonous snake in the
world that strikes with 99 percent accuracy. When you watch him play, you
see why the parallel is made. Bryant is still one of the most feared offensive
players in the league, as well as one of the better defenders. Many of today’s
greatest players such as LeBron James and Kevin Durant mention Bryant
when discussing who they look up to and who has had influence on their