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Kobe Bryant dropped 16 pounds to get ready for the Olympics

Jul 25, 2012, 2:12 PM EST

U.S. Olympic basketball player Kobe Bryant talks to his coach Mike Krzyzewski during a training session at Palau Sant Jordi in Barcelona Reuters

Nobody questions Kobe Bryant’s condition. Shot selection? Yes. Willingness to pass? Yes. But his commitment to his craft and his body are never in doubt.

So if Kobe drops 16 pounds, you know it was a choice. And he did that not only for the Olympics but the season he sees ahead, he told the London Guardian.

Beyond experimental therapy, Bryant reveals how else his appearance has changed, losing 16 pounds to prepare his older body for the rigours of the Olympics followed by another run at his sixth NBA title. “With summer basketball leading directly into the season – and I’m expecting to play until next June – I have to take some load off my knees. I’ve got to shave some of this weight.”

Kobe can take all the trips to Germany for exotic treatments he wants, it can only slow the march of time. Kobe knows that, knows he is asking a lot of his body, and knows that a lighter weight lessens the load his knees have to bear.

It’s something a mature, experienced player does. Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook don’t need to do this, their bodies are too young to notice. Kobe is different. And he recognizes that.

I really recommend you read the entire story from the Guardian if you are a Kobe fan, it’s well done.

  1. bankai78 - Jul 25, 2012 at 2:16 PM

    Hate him or Love him, Kobe is one of the few left who loves the game, and will continue to work hard at it. You’ll never hear “He came to camp overweight or out of shape” like you do with a lot of NFL & NBA players.

    • weedman8693 - Jul 25, 2012 at 4:49 PM

      Amen

    • 6thsense79 - Jul 25, 2012 at 9:40 PM

      Define a lot because the vast majority of NFL and NBA players come to their respective camps in shape. That’s why it’s news when an NFL or NBA player comes to camp overweight. It doesn’t happen that often.

  2. karnage81 - Jul 25, 2012 at 2:20 PM

    dude you are such a haters was the first paragraph even necessary

    • smoothaswilkes - Jul 25, 2012 at 2:42 PM

      lighten up dude. it was a joke with a bit of truth mixed in. even this lakers fan can appreciate it.

  3. lakerluver - Jul 25, 2012 at 2:32 PM

    The BLACK MAMBA is a legend!!

  4. patfic15 - Jul 25, 2012 at 2:36 PM

    Keep waiting on that sixth ring buddy….

  5. reesesteel23 - Jul 25, 2012 at 2:38 PM

    id be impressed if 16% of his shots dropped.

    • florida727 - Jul 25, 2012 at 4:19 PM

      Just to exploit what an idiotic post this is, I’ll point out that Kobe, for his career, shoots 45% from the floor, 34% from 3-point range, and 84% from the free throw line. And in the playoffs, when you’re only playing against the most elite of teams, his percentages are remarkably consistent, varying by less than 1% in any of the above categories. Amazing how stupid you can make someone look by simply doing a Google search, isn’t it?

    • dalauder - Jul 28, 2012 at 4:44 AM

      I hope you mean that you’d be impressed if he could hit 16% of his shots because they’re so difficult and the fact that he hits 45% is amazing. Because if you’re saying his shooting percentage is bad, I hope you were NEVER a T-Mac or AI fan.

  6. paulhargis53 - Jul 25, 2012 at 2:38 PM

    Yes it was necessary. It’s the truth.
    Telling the truth doesnt make you a hater…..well on this site it does.
    Laker fans are so sensitive to the truth. Pompous, arrogant, know nothing fanbase..

    • smoothaswilkes - Jul 25, 2012 at 2:44 PM

      that guy seems more like a Kobe apologist than anything. no need to trash the rest of us. besides it wasn’t being pointed out as “truth”. it was a joke. quit trolling.

    • therealhtj - Jul 25, 2012 at 2:52 PM

      I know right, these overly sensitive Lakers fans getting all bent out of shape because someone throws out an honest criticism of Kobe.

      It’s almost like when you tell a pompous Celtics fan they’ve got a whopping 1 title in the last 27 years and would’ve never been in the ECF last year had Rose not blown up his knee so they label you a hater when you’re just stating the truth.

    • weedman8693 - Jul 25, 2012 at 4:55 PM

      16 rings buddy

  7. tsi431 - Jul 25, 2012 at 3:15 PM

    Have you seen the cast of crew Kobe has on the Lakers last year? I wouldn’t pass it to them either.

  8. tsi431 - Jul 25, 2012 at 3:27 PM

    Willingness to pass I would object to. He was ranked 27th in the league in assists per game out of 478 players. Yes, read that again this selfish player was Top 5% in the NBA in assists.

  9. dsjcn3 - Jul 25, 2012 at 5:22 PM

    Raymond Felton read this article and just ate another doughnut

  10. karnage81 - Jul 25, 2012 at 6:08 PM

    I’m not being sensitive it just pointless in every article about team USA or the Lakers to talk about what he thinks Kobe should do in a game or shouldn’t do!!

  11. misterdreamer119 - Jul 25, 2012 at 6:17 PM

    Bryant is a beast when comes to work ethic and dedication. Im a Cs fan and i was disgusted with pudgie Pierce came in out of shape last year with his lock out excuse.
    Oh by the way, Phil Jackson deserves so much credit for the titles and the ones in Chi-town too. He taugh Jordan to play for and with his mates.
    He taught Kobe the same. Look up phil jackson on youtube documentaries. Without Phil their legacies would be different.

    • 1historian - Jul 25, 2012 at 10:41 PM

      VERY true and without Jerry Krause there would be no Phil

  12. lakerluver - Jul 25, 2012 at 6:24 PM

    “I’m expecting to play until next June”. Say what you will about Kobe but if he were on your team you would love him just as all of us “true” LAKERS fans do. He is a basketball savant!!

    • misterdreamer119 - Jul 25, 2012 at 6:43 PM

      You are correct sir. No question, he is hated because he can crush opposing teams most of the time.

  13. lakerluver - Jul 25, 2012 at 6:31 PM

    @florida727,
    great job, dude!! Most of these clowns trying vainly to pick apart Kobe’s legacy wouldn’t know a basketball from a bocce ball. What you gave them is indisputable FACTS! Thanks for the post. FINALLY someone with an unbiased view point backed up by FACTS.

  14. charlutes - Jul 25, 2012 at 6:42 PM

    People always say Durant and Westbrook don’t have to do this…Or I’ve heard, Durant and Westbrook can play those minutes…And they may not see the effects now, but the message here should be to athletes who want to last, look ahead and take care of your body from as young an age as you can.

  15. paulhargis53 - Jul 25, 2012 at 7:33 PM

    florida727 – Jul 25, 2012 at 4:19 PM
    Just to exploit what an idiotic post this is, I’ll point out that Kobe, for his career, shoots 45% from the floor, 34% from 3-point range, and 84% from the free throw line. And in the playoffs, when you’re only playing against the most elite of teams, his percentages are remarkably consistent, varying by less than 1% in any of the above categories
    ———————————————————————————————————————
    Except when you lose his last seasons stats for coparison, right? Of course if you use career stats, hes going to look better. I’ll give that his % is consistent, he scores on a lot of drives to the hoop, but his outside shot is failing badly. check his 3 point stats frm the past season:
    .303
    In the playoffs against the elite of the elite?
    .280

    Bottom line. Last year they were swept by Dallas. This year they lose to the Thunder 4-1
    He’s another year older. Nash is 39. They have no bench outside of Jamison. You really think its smart to have him plaing 39 minutes a game? Well, they have to. Why? No freaking bench!

    We’re supposed to believe this team is that much better? How? Nash can’t play 40 minutes a night.
    2nd round exit again.

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