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  • How did you get your mindset into this alter ego

  • to be comfortable being Black Mamba

  • Right Like how did that happen

  • It's a good separation for me You know emotionally

  • to be able to put myself in a place where

  • at practice or when I'm training and doing games

  • I switch my mind to something else I switch my mode into something else

  • Right.

  • For me it's equivalent of Maximus Decimus Meridius in Gladiator

  • picking up the dirt Smelling the dirt

  • It's go time Right.

  • So that was my mental switch It was like an actor getting ready

  • for a film you've got to put yourself in that cage

  • When you're in that cage you are that character Then when you leave there it's something completely

  • different But I'm in that cage bro don't f*cking touch

  • me don't talk to me

  • Leave me alone

  • So what is your recruiting approach

  • So if you're sitting down with me

  • I'm somebody you really want

  • you really want me on the team

  • What's your approach to recruit me ?

  • You want first place come play with me

  • you want a second place go somewhere else

  • Trivial things weren't gonna pull my attention It had to be sayings

  • weren't pull my attention It had to be things that were I had a purpose

  • I wanted to be one of the best basketball player ever play

  • and anything else that was outside of that lane

  • I don't have time for that At what age did that goal become crystal clear

  • ? I made that deal with myself at 13 years old

  • At 13 years old ? At 13 years old I made

  • Crystal clear about it ? Crystal clear

  • And where did inspiration come from ? the love of the game

  • the love of the game the challenge

  • like I would watch Magic play I'd watch Michael play

  • and I will see them do these unbelievable things

  • and I say you know Can I get to that level?

  • I don't know but let's find out Let's find out

  • You know basketball for me was the most important thing

  • So everything I saw whether is TV shows

  • whether it was books I read People I talked to

  • Everything was done to try to learn how to become a better basketball

  • player Everything

  • and so when you have that point of view then literally the world becomes your library

  • to help you to become better at your craft

  • I had a kill list and so you know

  • they used to do these rankings who New Street & Smith basketball rankings

  • and I was nowhere to be found because I was like 6/4 scrawny

  • like 160 pounds soaking wet so I was like 57 on the list

  • and so I will look at 56 55 all the way up to number one

  • who these players are with club teams they played for

  • So when we go AAU travel circuit

  • I got to hunt them down Right and so that became my mission in high

  • school is to check off every other person

  • all those 56 other names hunt them down and knock them down

  • That's was it Had a target on him right off the bat

  • That was it Very simple

  • that's unbelievable

  • so we played at 13 I was size you up and see what your strengths and weekness are

  • how do you approach the game are you silly about it

  • are you goofy about it are you good at it

  • just because you're bigger and stronger than everybody else

  • Right.

  • Or is there actually thought and skill that you put into it

  • and when I play I played to my weaknesses

  • I wouldn't play to my strengths I play to my weaknesses

  • because when you're playing summer basketball there's so many games

  • so there is not a lot of skill work being done so when are you gonna get better ?

  • When you're playing in competition situations you're only playing to your strengths

  • Why ? Because you want to win

  • So what I would do I always work on the things during those games

  • that I was week at left-hand

  • pull up jumpshot post game

  • Right So I have a strategy

  • So then fast forward to when I'm 17 and my game is completely well-rounded

  • and that player at 13 that I saw at 13 is still doing the same sh*t at 17

  • Now you got a problem Right

  • You got a problem

  • Shaq was whispering something in your ear What did Shaq say to you in that moment ?

  • I don't even know You don't remember ?

  • No I won't pay attention You know like

  • like it was you know for me

  • it's maybe it's a little like a**hole for me

  • whatever but whatever

  • He was like he was trying to whisper encouraging things

  • I was like I'm f*cking fine Okay

  • I shot 5 air balls on national TV in front of millions of people

  • that cause us the series and I'm 18

  • I'm fine dude How do you get the mental

  • How does somebody get there menatlly with that public humiliation to some people

  • hurst them and they don't come back because you know there was a player Barbosa

  • I don't know if you remember abroad Of course remember

  • He was extremely talented for a quick first step

  • but they said he wouldn't do well when the spotlight was on him

  • How did you get mentally and emotionally so strong

  • where it doesn't bother you at all Well you know you got to look at the reality

  • of the situation You know like for me it's not you know you

  • kind of gotta get over yourself It's not about you man

  • Like ok you feel embarrassed you're not that important like

  • Get over yourself That's where you go

  • Get over yourself Right.

  • Like you're worried about how people may perceive you

  • and like you walk around it's embarrasing because you shot five air

  • balls Get over yourself

  • and then after that it's ok Well why did those air balls happen

  • Got it High school year before we play 35 games

  • Max Right.

  • Week in between spaced out plenty of time to rest

  • In NBA is back to back to back to back to back to back to back

  • I didn't have the legs So you look at the shot

  • every shot was on line Every shot was all line

  • but every shot was short I got to get stronger

  • I got to train differently The weight training program that I'm doing

  • I got to tailor it for an 82 game season

  • so that when the playoffs come around my legs are stronger and that ball get there

  • So I look at it with rationale and say ok

  • Well the reason why I shot air balls because my legs aren't there

  • I go well next year they'll be there

  • That was it Done

  • Done

  • What was realy your work ethic like and for how long did you stay discipline

  • well I mean everyday I mean since 20 years

  • it was an every day process in trying to figure out strengths and weaknesses

  • for example Jumping ability

  • Man my vertical was a 40 wasn't a 46 or 45

  • My hands are big but they are not massive

  • So you got to figure out ways to strengthen them

  • so your hands are strong enough to be palm a ball

  • and do things that you need to do Quickness

  • I was quick but not insanely quick

  • I was fast but not ridiculously fast

  • So I had to rely on skill a lot more I had to rely on angles a lot more

  • had to study the game a lot more and but I enjoyoyed it though

  • So like from the time I was I can't remember when I started watching the game

  • I studied the game and it just never change

  • What was the conversation like with your wife to say listen this the schedule

  • because look you know some entrepreneurs

  • they're coming home at night and late all my gosh my wife is upset because I came

  • home at 7:30 Oh my goodness what a sacrifice I'm making

  • You know this life you know I don't know if I can do this

  • You're on the road 9 months out of the year escpecially you play Olimpic

  • you won two gold medals so you're doing that on the off season

  • Are you trying to get that part going and training for doing your camps

  • What is the conversation life would like with your wife and kids

  • to say listen this is what I'm doing How did that conversation go

  • Well with the kids is difference So like the communication with the with our

  • children is that Pa is working hard

  • This is the level of attention to detail you need to have in everything you do

  • So it's setting the example Same thing with my wife

  • My wife is a stay-at-home wife It's the hardest job man

  • So she works really hard at that I mean it's you know

  • So her attention to detail with that as well are examples our children

  • and then for my wife It's you know

  • she's as competitive as I am She just like listen man

  • if you're gonna training 8 hours a day if you're gonna spend 9 months out of the

  • year away from the family you better f*cking win the championship

  • What are we doing this for Go ahead

  • Okay what are we doing this for what are we doing

  • what are we doing for you know

  • but it's a balancing act and that's the thing

  • that's important is understanding that

  • we have to have so much energy because for like Natalia and Gianna

  • when they were babies especially Natalia

  • because it was doing prime years and I go to practice

  • and I train and play the game I come home and I'd be sore and I'd be tired

  • and she wants to go swimming and she wants me to take her to the park

  • she wants to just jump on my back whatever the case may be

  • You can't say I'm too tired I'm going to lay down

  • That's not fair she don't know what the hell is going on

  • Right and is this was a game

  • you'd suck it up and play I play games with the flu

  • I play games with 102 degrees fever Man You can't do that

  • You can't You gotta beyond man

  • You're playing against the Golden State Warriors Score is 107-109

  • You guys are close to getting into the playoffs You know exactly what happens in game

  • You go up you're about to take your shot

  • and then all of a sudden boom Your Achilles happens right

  • Friend of mine, Nima he is here just to listen to

  • he played ball and he told me and said hey Patrick

  • I don't think you understand he said when I took my Archilles in high school

  • He said four friends of mine dragged me

  • I was crying from there straight to the hospital He said

  • I have no clue How the hell this guy did it

  • he went and hit the free throws and then you walked off the stage

  • and you got the surgery done

  • How the hell do you tolerate that kind of pain

  • You know I tell this example

  • and I think this is the best way to explain it

  • You know you have a hamstring injury you pull your hamstring

  • really really badly can't barely walk

  • Whether you play anything soccer, basketball, volleyball

  • whatever it's can't do it anything

  • doctor tells you go home sit on a couch

  • rest your hammie stay off of it

  • don't up no sudden movements

  • You're at home all of a sudden of a fire breaks out in the home

  • Your kids are upstairs wife is wherever she may be

  • you know sh*t going down Right

  • I'm willing to bet that you're going to forget about your hamstring

  • you're gonna sprint upstrairs you're gonna grab your kids

  • you'll make sure your wife is goog you're getting out of that house

  • Right Hamstring be damned

  • You're not gonna feel your hamstring Right

  • And the reason is because the lives of your family

  • are more important than the injury of your hamstring

  • and so when the game is more important than the injury itself

  • you don't feel that damage Not at that time

  • I went in the trainer's room and my kids are in there

  • and you know they're looking at you and stuff and I'm looking at them

  • and I like you know It's alright

  • Dad's gonna be all right We'll be fine

  • We'll be fine right It'll be all right

  • It'll be all right As a parent you got to set the example

  • you got to set the example This is another obstacle

  • This obstacle cannot define me It's not going to cripple me

  • It's not going to be responsible for me stepping away from the game that I

  • love I'm gonna step away on my own terms

  • And that's when the decision was make You know what

  • I'm doing it Doing it

How did you get your mindset into this alter ego

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科比激励人心的访谈 | KOBE BRYANT Inspiration Interview

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