A Free Lesson with Kobe Bryant

A Free Lesson with Kobe Bryant

The L.A. Lakers superstar gives a journalist some tips for a pickup game, and demonstrates his signature moves. (Time)
Basketball superstar Kobe Bryant is the NBA’s reigning MVP. As an All-Star shooting guard for the L.A. Lakers, Kobe is ranked 17 in the NBA’s all-time high scoring list.

In this video by TIME magazine, Bryant reveals some of his star-studded secrets to reporter Sean Gregory and treats him to a short pickup game in the gym at Southern Nazarene University.

Bryant says basketball is like chess with each move setting up the next one.

While giving lessons on the proper grip, selling the fake, the pull-up jumpshot, the art of the foul shot, how to play to the opponent’s weaknesses, getting in character and most of all remembering to stretch, Bryant is a patient and polite coach.

“Excuse me,” the 6’6” star says repeatedly as he slips past the equally tall Gregory to sink yet another basket. The tips must have paid off. To Bryant’s dismay, Gregory manages to sneak in a hook shot to score two points on his celebrity opponent.

(Disclaimer: Kobe is no relation to our own Kobré, despite the stunning resemblance.)


Length: 7:37

Producer/Camera/Editor: Vanessa Kaneshiro
Interviewer: Sean Gregory
Graphics: Feilding Cage