Kobe Bryant invited his young friend Buddy Hield to a 6 a.m. workout this past summer, and the rookie quickly learned how obsessively-detailed The Black Mamba is about his craft on the court.
Hield reports that Bryant made him drill the exact same move over 100 times during their two-hour session—one Kobe used (see above) to make countless defenders look silly throughout his legendary NBA career.
— The Players' Tribune (@PlayersTribune) December 13, 2016
The 22-year-old ended up in New Orleans, but had claimed that he could take over scoring duties for the Lakers once Kobe retired.
Per The Players’ Tribune:
The way we did our shooting drills impressed me even more. It was different. After warming up, we didn’t do a normal shooting workouts — like taking 10 shots from one spot and 10 from another. Kobe was having me copy specific moves he was doing, and then repeating them over and over until I got bored of doing them. It wasn’t like one dribble to the elbow for a jumper, it was full sequences — moves that you might not even attempt once a game.
One move started in the high post. Kobe pump-faked at the free throw line and reverse-pivoted into the lane for a floater. […] He made me do that one move maybe 100 times in a row while he watched.
“MSG!” I said. “I know this one.” […] “Oh, you’ve studied?” Kobe laughed.