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Kobe Bryant's trainer reveals just what makes Lakers legend so unique

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Kobe Bryant is a freak of nature - his two decade long spell at the top of the NBA terrorising franchises up and down the league prove that.

From an incredible scoring record to an attitude that goes beyond determined, Bryant is a rare specimen in a league jam packed with star athletes down the years.

And now the Los Angeles Lakers legend's personal trainer, Judy Seto, has revealed one area in which Kobe truly sets himself apart from the rest - the Black Mamba's pain threshold:

Strong body, stronger mind

"It's the highest that I've ever seen," Seto explained to Sports Illustrated's Chris Ballard.
"He channels his focus so well in terms of just the task at hand. But also when he's had pain, he can block that out."

Kobe Bryant is of course coming back from a knee injury which kept him out of the majority of the 2013-14 season - the 16-time All-Star restricted to just 10 regular-season outings for the Lakers.

But even considering the severity of that injury, the 35-year-old veteran was rumored to be ready to take his place on the Staples Center court towards the back end of last season only for the franchise hierarchy to sit him in fear of aggravating the injury.

Kobe's determination and desire to play shone in that situation only to be tempered by the realization that there was no point risking his body for a team that was destined for the lower end of the Western Conference.

But throughout his NBA career (which enters potentially it's final season this fall) Bryant has displayed his incredible pain threshold on more than one occasion.

Playing through the pain

Seto, who has worked with Kobe Bryant for a number of years now, revealed another example of Kobe's resilience however dating back from the night Kobe Bryant snapped his achilles in April 2013:

"I think a good example is when tore his Achilles, he made those free throws. He blocked it out and focussed...I think that's what makes him who he is. I mean, he can take that and just block everything else out, including pain.

"Like I said, he's not a reckless person, He wasn't going to cause more damage by going out there and shooting his free throws. It was fine for him to do that. It's just amazing," continued Seto.

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With the Lakers again looking to be heading for a season of struggles down at the foot of the Western Conference Kobe will have to put on yet another brave face in order to try and haul the franchise as close to the playoffs as possible.
With age catching up with one of the greatest of all time there will certainly be a few moments of pain from that ageing body, but, as he makes perhaps his last trip around the league it may be the pain of leaving the NBA without one final title challenge that truly hurts Kobe Bryant the most when all is said and done.

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