Carlos Boozer is another member of the Team USA squad that got to witness Kobe’s work ethic firsthand. Boozer claims to have been a friend of Kobe’s before they became Olympic teammates in 2008, but didn’t know just how dedicated Kobe was to put the work in daily.
Boozer said the following about his former rival from his Utah Jazz days, according to ESPN:
“You know what it was for me? And me and him are good friends, but I hadn’t really trained with him — is how hard he works. We saw his dedication to the game. He would get in the gym, lift weights, he would go over to the gym, get shots up before practice, go through the whole practice, and that was his routine every day.
“He’s not great by accident is my point. He puts the work in. And I think what I learned about Kobe is he’s so hungry to be good, he puts the work in. I just think his hunger and his determination is what I was most impressed with.”
The trend continues with veteran players praising Kobe for his determination. Boozer is one of many that has expressed the same opinion about the hard work Kobe puts in to be an elite player in the NBA.
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