The death of Kobe Bryant at 41 in that helicopter crash a couple of weeks ago was a tragedy.
He was someone to be admired in so many ways and from whom advisors can learn a lot. Just hours before Bryant’s death, LeBron James had remarked to a reporter that he, James, had been inspired by Bryant’s work ethic throughout his own NBA career.
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Michael Jordan, Bryant’s idol, said that Bryant was the only player ever to display his own work ethic.
In high school, Bryant reportedly used to show up to practice at 5 a.m. Former Lakers player and head coach Byron Scott told Business Insider that he once found an 18 year-old Bryant shooting in a dark gym two hours before practice.
According to a Team USA trainer, Bryant once held a workout from 4:15 a.m. to 11 a.m., refusing to leave the gym until he made 800 shots. In the NBA, even when he was injured, he was always the first player in the gym.
Shaquille O’Neal once told a story about how Bryant used to practice without a ball.
“You’d walk in there and he’d be cutting and grunting and motioning like he was dribbling and shooting — except there was no ball. I thought it was weird, but I’m pretty sure it helped him.”