Motivational Stories Of Kobe Bryant’s Incredible Work Ethic

Motivational Stories Of Kobe Bryant’s Incredible Work Ethic


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A testament to Kobe’s dedication to putting in the work every single day is a story from former teammate John Celestand back in 1999. Celestand prided himself in getting to practice first, but Kobe took that to another level via Viral Hoops:

“The first time I began to understand why he was the best was in the pre-season. In a game against the Wizards, Kobe broke the wrist on his shooting hand. He was always the first person to practice every day, arriving at least an hour and a half early. This would infuriate me because I wanted to be the first person to practice, just as I had always been at Villanova and Piscataway High in New Jersey. To add insult to injury, I lived only 10 minutes from the practice facility — while Kobe was at least 35 minutes away.

“I am ashamed to say that I was excited the day after his injury because I knew that there was no way that No. 8 (as former Laker point guard Tyronn Lue called him) would be the first to practice, if he would even be there at all.

“As I walked through the training room, I became stricken with fear when I heard a ball bouncing. No, no, it couldn’t be! Yes it could. Kobe was already in a full sweat with a cast on his right arm and dribbling and shooting with his left.”

Needless to say, Kobe missing practice or simply not participating due to a broken hand wasn’t going to happen. Kobe could get hit by a truck on the way to practice and show up in a wheelchair.

Dedication to another level.
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  • TeddyOrwell

    Maybe Kobe just has basketball OCD.

  • SJSUbasketball

    Like what J. Cole once said “want to know the formula for success? Man I studied for this test”
    The truth is you can’t just want to be successful, you got to be obsessed with being successful, if the goal is to be successful.
    Hardest working player ever and this is why I believe he’s the greatest ever. Going through tremendous defenders like Tony Allen, Bruce Bowen, Paul pierce, Doug Christie, James posey, raja bell, etc. No one had it tougher than Kobe and yet he is still able to overcome adversary and keep winning.
    Embarrassing these so called “basketball experts” are saying Bron is ahead of him. Kobe had to go through multiple top 50 players of all time. Kidd, Nash, Garnett, Duncan, iverson, dirk. All LeBron had to go through to get 2 possibly 3 rings is Durant. The fact that he can lose to the 2014 spurs says a lot. 99-2007 spurs are so much better than the 13, and 2014 spurs.
    LeBron got it lucky. This is not the same Duncan or ginobili. Kobe, rondo, and Westbrook were injured last playoffs. Kobe, Rose, and Brandon Roy injuries played a huge part to LeBron’s success.
    Let’s also not forget, LeBron has the 2nd or 3rd best player in the east conference on his team. I don’t recall Pau Gasol ever being the 2nd best player in the west conference.
    Greatest players from the past 25 years
    1. Kobe
    2. Jordan
    3. Shaq
    4. Duncan
    5. Hakeem
    6. LeBron