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Kobe Bryant’s Legendary Conditioning Continues to Pay Dividends for Los Angeles Lakers

Crystal LoGiudice-USA TODAY Sports

We have all heard the stories of how Los Angeles Lakers superstar Kobe Bryant is one of the most dedicated athletes not only in the NBA but in all of sports. Kobe’s training regimen is the thing of legends. The fact that Bryant is still performing at such a high level at the age of 34 and in his 17th season is astounding.

Recently a first-hand account of how had a worker Bryant truly is was shared with Reddit by a trainer that worked with Bryant and team USA last summer. According to the trainer, Bryant called him at 4:15a to work on conditioning. After doing the conditioning work Bryant was said to have lifted weights before hitting the gym to put up jumpers, and didn’t stop until around 11am the next day. That’s close to six or seven hours of training for a man whose Hall of Fame card has already been validated. Amazing.

Bryant’s hard work has again translated into one of his best all-around seasons ever. Bryant is currently third in the NBA in scoring (27.6 point per game) while also pulling down over five rebounds and dishing out more than five assists a night. Bryant has even elevated his play down the stretch for the Lakers as they chase a playoff berth; in eight games since the All-Star break Bryant is averaging an astounding 32.8 points, 6.3 assists and 6.3 rebounds while shooting .544 from the field. Bryant is almost single-handedly willing the Lakers to salvage the season in any way he can. The man is a machine.

It is unheard of for an athlete with the amount of miles on his body as Bryant has to still be playing at so high a level. Bryant may not get many MVP votes given the Lakers’ disappointing record, but without Kobe’s relentless leadership by example the Lakers would be towards the bottom of the Western Conference standings. Kobe “Vino” Bryant is again proving why he’s the highest paid player in the NBA and deserves every penny.