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“Those stories are real” — Dwyane Wade on Kobe Bryant's mythic shootout drills

Kobe Bryant subscribed to Bruce Lee's famous saying about fearing a man who has practiced one kick 10,000 times.
Eastern Conference guard Dwyane Wade of the Miami Heat and Western Conference guard Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers

Dwyane Wade and Kobe Bryant

Given the abundance of Kobe Bryant stories we have heard, Dwyane Wade feels that some are starting to doubt their veracity. To trump the doubters, Wade shared his story of a legendary Kobe workout he later fell victim to.

Dwyane Wade vs. Kobe Bryant

Wade recalled a story when he was preparing for a game against the Los Angeles Lakers. He was as big of a Kobe fan as much as the next guy, and Wade observed how his idol worked out. He was surprised to see Bryant do the same shot repeatedly.

Those stories are real. Like, I remember watching one game, we were getting ready to play the Lakers. And I remember just, you know, I’m a Kobe fan. I’m watching him warm up and he’d literally — the entire warm-up — he did one shot. He was in the mid-post, he just kept turning over the left shoulder over and over and over,” Wade said, per The Old Man and The Three.

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Before Bryant’s aura lulled Wade, the Miami Heat legend was able to slap and remind himself that he was about to match up with the man he’s watching. And so, Wade took his newfound intel and integrated it into his defensive package. However, Wade still could not contain the Black Mamba’s move.

So I go into the game, like okay, he ’bout to turn over the left shoulder over and over. And I couldn’t stop it. Like I just watched him all by himself. They just kept giving him the ball for the entire 15, 25, or however long you’re out there. He kept doing the same thing over and over and over,” Wade said.

Perfection

While Kobe was not a martial artist, he seems to have subscribed to Bruce Lee’s famous adage: “I fear not the man who has practiced 10,000 kicks once, but I fear the man who has practiced one kick 10,000 times.

Kobe knew the only way to achieve perfection or be as close to it as possible was to put in the work. And in basketball, as well as other fields, putting in the work means doing the same thing over and over. This is why basketball stars like Stephen Curry or LeBron James, both at the pinnacle of basketball stardom, still put in the extra hours to perfect their craft.

All in all, it was a great learning experience for Wade. At first, he was confused about why Bryant repeated the same move. Later on, he discovered that repetition is the route to greatness and basketball immortality. 

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