The 2014 Kobe 9 Elite Low Collection.
Beethoven, Hyper Grape, University Red.
Featuring: Flyknit, Lunarlon, Flywire.
The 2014 Kobe 9 Elite Low Collection.
Beethoven, Hyper Grape, University Red.
Featuring: Flyknit, Lunarlon, Flywire.
Kobe Bryant in Munich. Photo: Kobe Bryant.
Kobe Bryant in Germany, took time to enjoy the city of Munich, and to meet players from the basketball and soccer fútbol national teams.
Kobe Bryant in Munich, Germany with Polish striker, Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski, a member of the Poland National Soccer Team.
Kobe Bryant and Robert Lewandowski representing Nike.
Robert Lewandowski and Kobe Bryant. Photo: Robert Lewandowski.
Kobe visits Bayern Basketball.
Kobe Bryant with Bosnian basketball player for FC Bayern Munich, and member of the Bosnia and Herzegovina national basketball team, Nihad Djedovic.
Kobe Bryant with German-American basketball player for FC Bayern Munich, and member of the Germany national basketball team, Demond Greene.
Kobe Bryant in attendance at Allianz Arena, home of FC Bayern Munich, for a FC Bayern 2-0 home win over VfB Stuttgart.
Follow Kobe Bryant on Instagram: @KobeBryant
FC Bayern Basketball / FC Bayern München.
September 14, 2014
Kobe Bryant leaves restaurant Alter Hof in Munich. (Photo: Philippe Ruiz)
Kobe Bryant Travels To Germany.
On Tuesday evening, guests at restaurant Alter Hof in Munich, were treated to a pleasant surprise as Kobe Bryant walked through.
Those who recognized him were quick to share the news, a select few asked for photos. It’s hard to miss Kobe anywhere he goes, and in Munich its not much of a surprise as it once was, as Kobe has frequented the city more so in recent times, and with the same purpose.
Kobe Bryant in Munich, Germany. (Photo: Evangelos Papaefthimiou)
The reason for Kobe’s latest Munich trip? Kobe is in Germany for a quick visit to see a legend, Dr. Hans-Wilhelm Müller-Wohlfahrt, who practices medicine opposite Alter Hof, and has reached ”rock star” status in sporting circles.
Dr. Hans-Wilhelm Müller-Wohlfahrt is the club doctor for Bayern Munich, and a world leader in the treatment of sports injuries. Dr. Hans is also known as ”Healing Hans” by many who have sought his care, among them ”The World’s Fastest Man”, Olympic and World Champion Usain Bolt, who has called Dr. Hans, the ”best doctor in the world”.
Dr. Hans-Wilhelm Muller-Wohlfahrt. (LL - Therapy)
Dr. Hans has also worked on many known sports figures, and while Kobe is there on this particular ocassion for what is considered a routine visit, the work that the famed doctor has performed for many athletes the world over is anything but.
With the Lakers season and training camp just around the corner, Kobe is in good shape and in good hands.
The trip is not expected to be long.
Kobe Bryant leaves for Germany.
Kobe Bryant at Los Angeles International Airport.
September 10, 2014
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.”
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.”
”Great time with Lenovo employees today.”
Lenovo Beijing Tour 2014
Lenovo Music Festival
The Lenovo K920 officially released to live music, dance.
Kobe Bryant with Taiwanese singer Hebe Tian, Au Ho, and Lenovo mobile phone general manager Zhang Hui.
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.com / SinaSports
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
Nike RISE Basketball Tour
The RISE campaign continues with Kobe Bryant as a mentor. Today Kobe trained with RISE participants, had an open conversation with them on their dreams and aspirations, discussed his own history.
Kobe also visited Shanghai Riverside Stadium, met the media, sat down for an exclusive interview with Sina.
Kobe listens to RISE participants as they discuss their love for the game of basketball, their goals and future dreams.
Kobe reveals to RISE participants when he was 11 years old he once went scoreless in a game, vowed it would never happen again.
Kobe today gave inspiration, spoke on his own basketball history, and listened to the aspirations of others.
Nike RISE Partipants with Nike mentor Kobe Bryant
Kobe Bryant arrives for day 2 as a mentor in the Nike RISE Campaign.
Kobe discussed ”focus”, to shoot without thinking too much, focus on one basket at a time.
Kobe Bryant at Shanghai Riverside Stadium:
Exclusive interview for NBA.com (China)
Kobe Bryant on the most important attribute of ”RISE”:
”It’s really about taking on the challenge, and understanding the excitement of rising from adversity, or rising up to a challenge, that’s really the thing, is not really the end result, it’s the journey that’s very important.”
Best advice for young players:
”Defense, defense, defense. Got to play defense. Especially being a shooting guard. There are so many other good shooting guards in the league. It takes a lot of effort for us, we have to be the best conditioned players on the floor because we are asked to score and then you have to go and defend and usually the other team’s best scorer is a shooting guard, so there is no time to rest. You have to be in really great shape, it requires a lot of running, a lot of practicing your defensive slides. It’s a lot of work, but it’s fun, I enoy it.”
Expectations for the season, the highest and the lowest:
”Championship. Championship. That’s all there is winning a championship. The lowest? I don’t even think about because it’s not an option.”
”You focus on what the end goal is, you know that’s where you want to get to and now, every single day, you do what’s necessary to get you there.”
Tim Duncan and feeling pressure:
”5-5, I got it. Pressure? There is always pressure on me. It’s no different to me. I enjoy the pressure. It’s been a great rivalry between myself and Tim.”
”He’s a great guy and an incredible basketball player. I’m very honored that we kind of grew up together competing for championships.”
”Already been doing it. We’ve been doing it in L.A. for a while now. Now I’m here and I continue my training here. When I get back home,me and a couple of my teammates will get right back on the same routine and continue to work together.”
Sina Weibo (China)
@NikeBasketball / Nike.Inc
Interview by sports.sina.com
KOBE BRYANT BEGINS BASKETBALL TOUR WITH NIKE
Basketball legend trains RISE players at state-of-the-art ”House of Mamba.”
Basketball legend Kobe Bryant is challenging and inspiring the remaining 30 participants in Nike’s summer-long RISE campaign to up their game, as Bryant has kicked off his ninth visit to China.
The Nike RISE campaign continues with Kobe Bryant as official Nike mentor to aspiring young athletes competing for a chance to participate in the Nike World Basketball Festival in Barcelona, Spain, Sept. 5-7.
Nike Inc: ”Kobe is hosting the remaining 30 players at a state-of-the-art basketball facility in Shanghai named the ‘House of Mamba.’ 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.”
The ‘House of Mamba’:
Aside from ”The House Of Mamba”, a different court is being dedicated in Kobe Bryant’s name which Kobe will visit this weekend.
Photos and video from today’s event:
Images by @NikeBasketball (China)
Nike Basketball RISE Campaign.
Nike Basketball taps into the passion of aspiring young basketball players in Greater China with the 2014 RISE basketball campaign.
Kobe returns to China for his ninth visit.
Young athletes in China participating and competing in the Nike RISE campaign submitted a 30-second basketball-themed video to enter the ”First social basketball reality show in Greater China.”
LeBron James was the first mentor in the RISE campaign, recently wrapping up a tour across Beijing, Hong Kong, Kaohsiung, and Taipei. Kobe Bryant will be the next mentor.
Kobe arrived in Shanghai on Thursday July 31st at 4:00am Shanghai local time. From July 31 to August 4, Kobe will stay in Shanghai to guide, train and mentor aspiring participants.
The RISE campaign final will be held at Wukesong Basketball Park in Beijing on Aug 16. Three winners will participate in the Nike World Basketball Festival Sept. 5-7 in Barcelona, Spain.
The multi-phased campaign will be on the Internet as the first social basketball reality show in Greater China to inspire more young people with a passion for basketball.
Kobe Bryant while in Shanghai will also release the exclusive to China and newest model of the Kobe 9 signature line, the Kobe 9 EM Low China Pack.
The entire RISE journey is being broadcast as individual episodes on QQ (nikerise.qq.com), Yahoo (Taiwan) and Fanpiece (Hong Kong) through Aug. 21. One episode is launched each week, with six episodes in total. Viewers will be taken along the journey.
The first RISE episode was launched on July 15.
Watch: Episode 1
Kobe Bryant, LeBron James will help make basketball dreams come true.
@nikebasketball / weibo.com/nikebasketball (China)
2014 Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour
Kobe Bryant gives a peek into his life in an upcoming Showtime documentary, “Kobe Bryant’s Muse”, airing this November.
"It’s more introspective. It’s about who or what has inspired me.”
Kobe Bryant with director Gotham Chopra.
Kobe Bryant spoke on his future, admits being “scared” about life after basketball.
"I’m afraid, too. You really have to lean on muses and mentors going forward, just as I did as a kid. It’s about having that next wave of things, which is scary as hell, but it’s fun at the same time."
Bryant also spoke on the Lakers upcoming season and his return.
"It’s my job to go out there next season and lay it all out there on the line and get us to that elite level."
”Kobe Bryant’s Muse” will premiere this fall exclusively on SHOWTIME.