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"The biggest thing for kids these days is they rely on coaches too much, and workout guys"


After retirement, Kobe Bryant finally had the time to put a lot more energy into passions outside the basketball court. He won the Academy Award for short animated and worked on his fund. But, basketball will always be Kobe's first love, and he is always available for a workout if an NBA player calls. Why coaching and tutoring?

“Well, the guys that came before did the same thing for me. I've had really in-depth conversations with Jerry West. Same thing with MJ. I've had great mentors; Olajuwon. I've had guys, all-time greats; Bill Russell. We talked a lot, on how to win championships, how to lead.”

Kobe Bryant, All The Smoke

Kobe said he feels it is his job to pass on the knowledge his mentors have to him. Bryant feels the league is in good hands with superstars of today such as James Harden, and tomorrow with Luka Dončić. That's why Kobe's been working with Tatum, Giannis, Kyrie, and others. What's his main advice to them and younger players aspiring to become NBA players?

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”A lot of them come and ask about their game and things that they should do. I say: "Listen, you know the answer to that, I don't know. You know what makes you uncomfortable when you play." I think that's the biggest thing for kids these days is they rely on coaches too much, and workout guys.”

Kobe Bryant, All The Smoke

Kobe isn't against coaches and workout specialists, but he thinks players need to know what they need and what are their weaknesses before they go to someone. You need to know what you're strengths and weaknesses are first, and then someone can help you develop your game.

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