MIAMI (AP) - Kobe Bryant stood on the Miami Heat’s court, his shirt completely soaked. Sweat dripped onto the floor with his every step. He bent over at the waist, hands on his knees, breathing heavily.
Mind you, this wasn’t during a Los Angeles Lakers game.
This was long afterward.
“It’s my job,” Bryant said.
He was back on the floor at 10:47 p.m., not taking his last shot until just past midnight. He took hundreds of shots _ 3-pointers, post-ups, wing jumpers, corner jumpers, free throws, you name it, he took it _ in a display that even had bleary eyed arena security workers pulling out cell phones to get photos and video.
At times, three ballboys were part of the act, which at one point drew more than 100 people courtside to watch. Security pleaded with people to leave, and hardly anyone listened.
“You’ve got to work at it,” Bryant said. “This is what you’re supposed to do. I mean, if you’re not comfortable with something and you feel like you can tweak some things, you’ve got to work on them. It doesn’t matter when you work on them. You’ve just got to get it done. You’ve got to work it out.”
Afterward, he was calm, engaging, funny.
During the session, not so much.
He slapped basketballs in anger more than once after missing shots. He swore under his breath after misfiring. He even yelled at himself angrily after making a few shots.
An hour into the workout, he started making hard cuts before receiving passes from attendant Parron Outing _ more on him later _ who has worked with the Heat at times over the past 19 seasons.
“Stand right here,” Bryant instructed, pointing to a corner of the lane. “Then hand it back to me.”
So Outing did that. Again, and again, and again.
Outing had no idea how long the workout would last. All he knew was that when he walked off at 12:14 a.m., he was past his bedtime.View Entire Story
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