Look, I hate Kobe Bryant as much as the next Celtics fan. My qualms with him are many, mostly having to do with the fact that he’s as phony a person as you’d never want to meet. But I respect the hell out of the way he plays basketball, and his indomitable desire to improve himself, to win.
These highlights of Kobe scoring 43 points during a high school game, as incredible as they are, only highlight his fierce will to perfect his craft. As ridiculous as his moves were even in high school, it’s weird seeing Kobe Bryant play when his footwork wasn’t absolutely pristine, when his game still contained some wasted motion, when not every single move he made was perfectly calculated to score a bucket. Kobe was amazing even in high school, but his game had flaws. You can see how hard he’s worked to remove those small inadequacies and become the most fundamental basketball player to ever walk the planet.
Okay, now that I’ve slobbered all over Kobe’s nuts for a little while, please excuse me while I go puke for the next 10-12 hours.