Kobe Bryant’s work ethic is undeniable. There are too many different stories from NBA players themselves about Kobe’s incredible habits. We have all heard the Olympic story from Chris Bosh or the Allen Iverson shark story Kobe published on the Players Tribune.
However, one story that people might not have heard about is one that Shaq told in his book, “Shaq Uncut”. The Big Diesel said
“Sometimes he’d be working on his moves without the ball,” O’Neal wrote. “You’d walk in there and he’d be cutting and grunting and motioning like he was dribbling and shooting — except there was no ball. I thought it was weird, but I’m pretty sure it helped him.”
Without a ball? That’s pretty crazy. To do one-on-one OFF BALL workouts by yourself. I think 99% of the NBA would die of boredom or scoff at this idea as a “workout”.
Not Kobe Bryant.