Kobe Bryant ”Achilles” sculpture on display for limited time at ”Conscious 3” Basketball Art Exhibition in Taipei, Taiwan.
In Greek mythology, Achilles was a Greek hero of the Trojan War and the central character and greatest warrior of Homer’s Iliad. Achilles was said to be a demigod. - Wikipedia
Artist Roger Huang:
”Black Mamba, as Kobe’s nickname, winds round the demigod biting on his Achilles tendon. Is the demigod too hard to challange himself leading a tough situation? Or the Mamba snake just healing the wound by venom? More dangerous, more fearless!”
The sculpture is made of FRP (Fiber Glass Reinforced Plastics), measuring 68x50x50cm, depicts a Black Mamba biting the Achilles.
Artist Roger Huang at: behance.net/rogerspace
Kobe Bryant Returns Home Leaves China An Inspiring Message
Kobe has returned to Los Angeles, but his impact abroad cannot be measured. His visit will inspire countless of young athletes, his words will leave a lasting message.
Before returning home, Kobe had one last chance to reflect on his ninth visit to China, spoke on the progress the game has made and spoke on his perspective in life, leaving lasting words.
Kobe had a chance to reflect on his time in China and how the sport has grown:
”Went by so fast, it’s been incredible, when I first came out here there was so much enthusiasm for the game, now it’s progressed, now there is so much skill to go with it. A lot of hard work in the last nine years, every day I come back seems the players keep getting better and better.”
Kobe also spoke on using his own setbacks as an example, learning and responding from challenges:
”Hopefully it’ll inspire them to understand that overcoming is part of the deal, part of living. When you are faced with those types of challenges, you have two options, one you can shy away from it, do nothing about it or you can rise to the challenge. Doesn’t matter if you are a basketball player or a writer, we all have obstacles, hopefully what we’ll do here is inspire everyone else to do the same.”
Kobe returns home focused, clear the goals set for himself have not waivered.
”Well, to win a championship. To do that you have to work hard every single day. Every day for me is an opportunity to get better, an opportunity for my teammates to get better, for us to work together as a group to accomplish that goal, the end goal is a championship, but along that journey there is a lot of work that goes in between.”
Kobe used his own life lessons as examples to relate to athletes facing challenges:
”I wasn’t the fastest one, I wasn’t the most athletic one, I had to learn to play with what I had, which helped my skill level, eventually I grew, became faster, but then I had the skills to go along with that.”
His words will have a lasting impact, his visit becoming a tale of inspiration for future generations.
”That’s what makes everything very exciting. You can’t appreciate the sun if you don’t have a stormy day now and then. Keep on learning. It’s a journey; it’s not about the destination.”
”If every day you live with the idea of getting better, then the end result will be something that’s beautiful.”
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Kobe Bryant Q&A Sina Weibo 8/6/14
Online question/answer with Kobe Bryant, part of the Nike RISE campaign.
Kobe Bryant with basketball advice for young athletes, discusses his own perspective on returning to the court, shares key aspects of the game.
On dealing with anxiety:
Q: When I play basketball there is always a sense of fear inside, maybe I’m just afraid to lose, but it’s always there and I can’t seem to control it, can you tell me how you overcome not being nervous? What’s the easiest way?
@KobeBryant: ”You have to start by thinking about why you’re nervous in the first place. You have to get to the root of what makes you nervous - is it the people, the pressure of letting your team down, what is it? Once you understand why you’re nervous, solving it is easy.”
On off-balance shots:
Q: How do you make those out-of-balance shots? For example, when you scored 81, a lot of those shots seemed impossible, difficult, defenders trying to stop you, but you still put the ball in the basket. How?
@KobeBryant: ”It might seem like I’m off balance but I’m perfectly on balance. I’ve practiced those shots thousands and thousands of times so I’m extremely comfortable doing it. And that comfort only comes through repetition and hard work.”
Q: How do I strengthen my jumper? How do I know what I need to work on, when it’s good/strong enough?
@KobeBryant: ”Repetition is how you build up strength. By having the persistence to work on it, shooting it over and over, you’ll find that one day it just clicks. There’ll be times where it’ll look horrendous, but that’s okay because that’s just part of the process of getting better.”
On key to talent:
Q: If I’m not the fastest, the highest jumper, how do I survive in an actual game? Say when I play 3 on 3 with friends, if I might not have the talent.
@KobeBryant: ”You do not need to be the highest jumper or the fastest to be an amazing basketball player. All it is, is timing and fundamentals. Use fakes, pumps, look people off. When you can use deception, you’re able to create space, and when you can create space you can get by anyone.”
On building trust:
Q: I am always the team’s third offensive choice, so every key moment in the game I am always placed in the corner in open space, and I am actually very eager to be the first choice. Can you teach me how to put myself in a position to perform the last critical shot?
@KobeBryant: ”Even though you’re not the guy taking the shot, crash the rebound - if he misses and you put it back up, there you go, you have a game winner And then you build trust with your team that you’re a guy that can step up and make big plays.”
On improving weaknesses:
Q: I’m not a complete player, but I am very sharp. What should I focus on in practice? Practice my shooting, one of my weakness, or continue to enhance my other strengths, perhaps come up with something new?
@KobeBryant: ”Always weaknesses. If you’re up against a tough defense, they’re not going to let you drive. But if you have a shot, then the defense has to honor that. But it’s not just basketball, it’s life in general. You have to work on your weaknesses.”
On the sixth man:
Q: I am an offensive player with great ability, and I would like to prove I can be a starter, but the coach won’t let me off the role of sixth man, it makes me feel depressed. What can I do?
@KobeBryant: ”Be the best 6th man in the league It does not matter what you are -. A starter, 6th man, you just need to focus on being the best at whatever you’re doing That’s the only way you’ll get better.”
On bouncing back:
Q: On getting bounce back. Last year I also seriously injured my Achilles tendon, I lost a lot of bounce, maybe the sport of basketball is not good for me? I won’t be good. Can I still play or not?
@KobeBryant: ”I accepted that I might not get it back. Once you let it go, then you don’t play with the burden of feeling like you lost something. Instead, I gained something because I started to play more with this (mind), and less with my athleticism.”
On game rhythm:
Q: I like the rhythm of run and gun, but my half-court offense is decent, how do you mix the two rhythms appropriately?
@KobeBryant: ”Just slow down. When I practice, I go at the same tempo all the time. That’s done purposefully. During games, if I’m out of tempo, I know it and can go back to that rhythm I’m comfortable with. It all comes with repetition.”
On challenging defense:
Q: I would like to know how when you’re so fast, and how you get rid of the opponents double-team? Relying on your own body better or timing? Maybe pass to a teammate? How do you keep perspective?
@KobeBryant: ”It’s all about spacing and timing. Have good shooters around you to create spacing on the floor. Then it’s timing, try to get away from the double team before it gets to you. But the deadliest weapon to beat a double team is a pull up jump shot. Too fast to stop.”
Q: As a shooting guard, how do you balance scoring and passing?
@KobeBryant: ”That really depends on your team. Sometimes you have a teammate who really needs a basket or just hasn’t been too involved. It’s your responsibility to get everyone involved and have everyone feel like they’re part of a team. But if you have a lane going to the basket, take it.”
Q: How to enhance confidence.
@KobeBryant: ”Practice. Confidence is a tangible thing, it comes from practice and repetition. You have to put in the work in order to build that confidence. When others see you have that confidence, they will gravitate around you and have confidence in you. But it starts with you.”
@KobeBryant: ”Rise is really understanding that the greatest competition you’ll ever face, is yourself. That’s the greatest challenge. It’s difficult to look inside yourself and face adversity or accept the fact that you may have weaknesses. Once you conquer that, you can conquer anything.”
Kobe Bryant: I feel like a race horse locked in a barn.
Kobe Bryant admits being anxious to return to the NBA courts.
Following a season plagued with injury, Kobe Bryant admits being anxious to return to the NBA hardwood floor.
"I can’t wait to return to my duties on the court. I feel like a race horse that has been locked in a barn for months. I want to get out’’, said the Lakers star to Newspaper "Die Welt" according to ‘’El Mundo’’ news.
Bryant, currently at 35 years old and turning 36 later this month, only played six games last season with the Lakers, a team in rebuilding mode after failing to make the playoffs.
"Our team at this point is like a puzzle. We are looking to place the pieces in the right places. Slowly we will get results’’, analyzed the five-time NBA champion.
Bryant also spoke on his approaching retirement and admitted feeling a certain degree of fear: ‘’I know that my career is approaching its end. I know that as an athlete I have to prepare for life after the sport’’.
"Sure I have fear of life without basketball. This is completely normal. But I’m a person that likes to set new challenges in life”, said Bryant, who went on to assure that he still had a lot to offer on the court.
"I have to say that I have basketball in me. I will always. I’m competitive. I want to win. I hate to lose. So while I’m still playing, I want to win’’, he assured.
The NBA star also a fan of soccer, left his impression on his recent experience at the World Cup in Brazil, where he was present.
‘’It was incredible! A great event. The best team won. Germany is a worthy winner and at the end, I became a big fan of Manuel Neuer and Miroslav Klose. It’s incredible what Klose can do at 36 years old.”
Bryant is currently on a short Lenovo tour in Beijing, following a five-day stay in Shanghai. Kobe is scheduled to return to Los Angeles soon, where a new team awaits.
The new state-of-the-art basketball facility ”House of Mamba” in Shanghai.
Photo: Kobe 9 Elite Design On Display.
NikeInc: The House of Mamba features a full-sized LED basketball court, the first of its kind, which brings graphics, video and player-tracking to life. The court utilizes motion-tracking and reactive LED visualization to train, guide and challenge the RISE players through a variety of drills based on Bryant’s training and adapted specifically for the court.
"Each basketball player has the wish of making progress every day. They are looking forward to Nike providing them with various opportunities to prove their potential. This year’s Rise is a new platform. Even you’re a beginner. Nike will help those who aspire to improve basketball performance realize the journey of rising to the top this summer"
-Simon Pestridge, VP brand marketing for Nike in Greater China.
The RISE final will be held at Wukesong Basketball Park in Beijing on August 16. Three winners will participate in the Nike World Basketball Festival September 5-7 in Barcelona, Spain.
Kobe Bryant speaks to young athletes in Shanghai,China.
Kobe encouraged mastering the fundamental skills of basketball above all, spoke on his own experiences, his own expectations.
”Pressure is self-inflicted, it’s self-made. It’s the imagination, you have to be able to control your mind and understand that pressure does not exist. We create pressure ourselves.”
On the ”big picture”:
”In 2008, when we lost to the Celtics, I looked at the big picture, and said ‘I’m going to win a Championship. I’m going to do it. It’s going to happen.’ You play the big picture, and not get caught up in the frustrations of one moment, you take that moment, you learn from that moment, and keep moving forward.”
”My game now, I can say I want to be able to jump as high as I used to, I want to be able to be as fast as I used to… no… I don’t jump as high as I used to, that’s ok, I’m not as fast as I used to be, that’s ok, I’ll figure out another way to do it.”
”It’s like bamboo, it has a lot of strenght because of its flexibility, you move with it, there is strength in flexibility and there is strength in acceptance.”
”Winning is how you define what winning is, for yourself, for your team, for your family. You have to know what your values are, how you measure success.. Here I am with 5 championships, by how the public measures what success is, but that doesn’t drive me, what drives me is continuing to learn, which is why I’m still sitting here, determined to come back next year with a vengeance, because how I define success, not everybody else.”
”I started playing basketball when I was two years old.. Going to be my nineteenth year in the NBA. I’m more motivated now than ever.”
Nike RISE Vitality Family Day
Bryant met with families of RISE participants, spoke on the importance of family involvement in the sport, encouraged rising to challenges even at a young age and reminded participants to enjoy the process and enjoy the game.
VIDEO: Kobe Bryant Teachings
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Kobe Bryant Inaugurates ”Bryant Court”.
Nike opens up ”Bryant Court” in Shanghai. Kobe was there to personally help bring the court to life.
Bryant Court. Shanghai, China
Kobe briefly spoke with the crowd, called China his ”second home”.
This is Kobe Bryant’s ninth visit to China.
Graffit art inspired by Kobe Bryant at the new ”Bryant Court”:
Kobe Bryant leaves his famous signature, also signs ”RISE”, said the new court will serve as inspiration for young athletes to RISE to new challenges.
Bryant also met with RISE participants, who each received a pair of the new Kobe 9 ”Game Royal”.
Bryant Court. Shanghai, China