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Kobe Bryant: Reflections on a cold-blooded career (A Must Read Article)

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#1 Tensai


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Posted October 16, 2013 - 08:45 AM



More than the 31,000 points, 15 All-Star selections and five championships, more than the silky turnaround jumpers, effortless baseline drives and feverish scoring binges, Bryant will forever be remembered for a belief in himself that you couldn't strip with a dozen Bruce Bowens. Years ago, upon returning from the horror flick Saw II, Bryant described for Lakers trainer Gary Vitti a scene in which a victim awakens to find a contraption locked around his neck lined with nails pointed at his head. A videotape explains that the victim can unlock the device with a key, but it has been surgically implanted behind his right eye, and he can only extract it with a scalpel. He has a minute before it closes over his face and kills him. "I think I could get that key," Bryant said.

"I believe you," Vitti replied.


There it is, one more brushstroke applied to the intricately drawn image of Kobe Bean Bryant, so lifelike that kids ask what kind of potion he drinks on the bench, players wonder if they can bike through the desert with him in the middle of the night, and 5,000 people show up at the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles simply to watch him give Jimmy Kimmel an hourlong interview. "Everybody wants to know what's inside of him," says Lakers center Robert Sacre, who was one of the 5,000.


Coaches run Bryant as if his prime will last forever, never mind that he's 35, has cleared 54,000 minutes during the regular season and playoffs (nearly 6,000 more than Michael Jordan) and resembles a wide receiver in a league of free safeties. They say he is just different, the word observers have been using since he first fixed that fabled jaw, and therefore human limitations are easy to ignore. He doesn't flinch when an inbounds passer pretends to throw a ball at his nose. He doesn't glance down after he turns an ankle. He doesn't sleep much, content to lie with a towel over his eyes, his brain leading a fast break. When the Achilles blew, Bryant tried to manually pull the ruptured tendons down with his fingertips, so he could walk on the heel. "It's the Achilles' heel!" Vitti says. "Not even a Greek god could do that."


Read more: http://sportsillustr...si-cover-story/



Great read.

Edited by Tensai, October 16, 2013 - 08:46 AM.

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Posted October 16, 2013 - 09:43 AM

truly is a great read

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Posted October 16, 2013 - 11:30 AM

why the cover make him look weak & undefined?

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#4 BleedPurple&Gold



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Posted October 16, 2013 - 11:36 AM

Wonderful read!


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Posted October 16, 2013 - 11:49 AM

Tyvm, this is good to read with lunch.


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Posted October 16, 2013 - 11:57 AM


Mike D'Antoni is GARBAGE.



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Posted October 16, 2013 - 12:00 PM

Dang! Do I wanna read it now or wait & buy next week?  :bounce:


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Posted October 16, 2013 - 12:44 PM

why the cover make him look weak & undefined?

he hasn't train over 6 months plus it's he's marketing for our new Jersey.

Amazing read. I have a gut feeling Kobe will last for 4 more years and be top 3 until he retires.

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Posted October 16, 2013 - 12:53 PM

Thanks for that article
Imposible is nothing.

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Posted October 16, 2013 - 08:18 PM

This is a must read article. Great work by Lee Jenkins

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Posted October 16, 2013 - 08:28 PM

Read this earlier today, that part about He got game is awesome


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Posted October 16, 2013 - 08:44 PM

Ton of insight.

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Posted October 16, 2013 - 10:36 PM

THIS was my favorite part...


He watched a lot of Modern Family ("I'm Phil," he says) with his wife and two daughters. He took up scuba diving. He drove the girls to club soccer games. Natalia, 10, smiles on the field like Magic Johnson. Gianna, 7, acts more like her father. "She doesn't look at you," Bryant says. "She's there to kick your butt."


Gianna's team lost a game recently, and she cried afterward. Standing on the sideline Bryant studied her, pained but proud. "Sports are such a great teacher," he says. "I think of everything they've taught me: camaraderie, humility, how to resolve differences. Playing with Shaq made me understand that you're never going to change a person. You have to work with his position." He would be a hell of a coach if he could find more players who suited him, more Giannas.


"Hey," he told her, after the tears dried. "You want to see Daddy cry?" He took her home and fished out the DVD from Game 6 of the 2008 Finals. They sat together and watched the Lakers get mortified in Boston. Then he popped in Game 7 of the 2010 Finals, and they marinated in the vindication. There, in one unforgettable double feature, was the evolution, the making of a man, the healing of a scar.

"Bryant had come to rage against the idea that Howard's clownish disposition could overtake the locker room, the Lakers' culture, and had warned Howard that he would never, ever let it happen." 

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Posted October 16, 2013 - 11:50 PM

Some of this stuff puts into words what Kobe has done to motivate everyone who has kept up with him. Great read.

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Posted October 17, 2013 - 11:53 AM

Holy [expletive] that was a great article.


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Posted October 17, 2013 - 12:29 PM

Probably the best article on Kobe i've ever had a chance to read. major props to the author.

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Posted October 17, 2013 - 02:07 PM

lol ouch


The Lakers can't tank, not with Bryant on the roster, but they aren't exactly scaring the Spurs with the sale-rack additions of Nick YoungWesley Johnson and Chris Kaman

Pau Gasol is GONE

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Posted October 18, 2013 - 07:02 AM

A very humanizing article. 


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