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Kobe Bryant’s maniac approach to the game has been well documented over the years, but overtime more and more stories that just give us somewhat of an insight into how driven and hungry the Black Mamba really was keep coming out. Last year we asked Bryant about the grind and challenge of guarding the great Allen Iverson in their early years and he admit that the matchup ultimately drove him to new heights.
In a new column for the Players Tribune, Bryant went into detail about it. After Iverson torched the Lakers with 41 points back in 1999, Kobe went onto develop a insane obsession with A.I., one which would lead him to study how sharks hunt seals off the coast of South Africa. Via Players Tribune:
On March 19, 1999, Iverson put 41 points and 10 assists on me in Philadelphia.
Working harder wasn’t enough.
I had to study this man maniacally.
I obsessively read every article and book I could find about AI. I obsessively watched every game he had played, going back to the IUPU All-American Game. I obsessively studied his every success, and his every struggle. I obsessively searched for any weakness I could find.
I searched the world for musings to add to my AI Musecage.
This led me to study how great white sharks hunt seals off the coast of South Africa.