According to Indiana Pacers star swingman Paul George, he used some of Kobe Bryant’s tricks of the trade to elevate his game to a new level this season. (The Cali native has never hidden his reverence of the Black Mamba.) Per 1070 the Fan in Indianapolis (via SRI): “On his growth as a player: ‘I switched it all up, just my whole preparation. I come in early, I lift before every game and I get about 300 or 400 shots up prior to the game as well. All of that really came from Kobe Bryant. With him being around Brian Shaw and Brian Shaw being around us and me having a relationship with Brian Shaw and the conversations we have had, that’s how Kobe prepares and gets ready for games. Me, idolizing Kobe growing up in L.A, that’s really how I changed my whole season around.’”