Kobe Bryant’s work ethic is legendary, with plenty of stories sprinkled throughout his career that have embellished on this fact. One of our favorites around here is the time he decided to get shots up on the road after a loss to the Miami Heat.
Jay Williams sat down for a wide-spanning interview with Goalcast, dropping a fantastic story about Kobe during the sit-down discussion. It’s unclear when this occurred, but he points to it happening during the Kobe-Shaq era.
"The game was at seven... this is the championship Lakers. I'm going to get there at 3:00, and I want to make sure I make 400 made shots before I go back into the room and then I sit in the sauna and get ready for the game. Who do I see? I see Kobe Bryant, already working out,” Williams says.
What comes next is exactly what’d you expect from the Black Mamba. Check out the story in the video below:
Can’t listen right now? No problem, here’s the rundown of what happened:
"The game was at seven... this is the championship Lakers. I'm going to get there at 3:00, and I want to make sure I make 400 made shots before I go back into the room and then I sit in the sauna and get ready for the game. Who do I see? I see Kobe Bryant, already working out.
"Once I set my foot across the line I started working out. I worked out for a good hour, hour-and-a-half. When I came off, after I was done I sat down and of course I still heard the ball bouncing. I looked down I'm like ‘This guy's still working out?’ It looks like he was in a dead sweat when I got there," Williams said.
"That game he drops 40 on us. After the game is over I'm like ‘I have to ask this guy, I have to understand why he works like that.’ After the game I'm like ‘Hey Kobe, why where you in the gym for so long?’
“He was like ‘Cause I saw you come in and I wanted you to know that it doesn't matter how hard you work, that I'm willing to work harder than you,’” Williams said.
TL;DR: Kobe is awesome, is not to be tested and will not be outworked. Especially on his own court.