Kobe Bryant is one of the best basketball players to have ever played in the NBA. But what makes Kobe great is not just his athletic ability, it is his basketball brain. The Los Angeles Lakers legend thinks of things others don’t, and in an interview this week, Bryant revealed one of the most bizarre and brilliant things he’s ever done.
Bryant’s most famous shot is his fadeaway jumper and it is this shot that has helped him with five championships for the Lakers during his career. We all know that, but what we didn’t know is the bizarre and interesting story behind how Bryant decided to perfect that shot.
“When you watch me shoot my fadeaway jumper, you’ll notice my leg is always extended. I had problems making that shot in the past. It’s tough. So one day I’m watching the Discovery Channel and see a cheetah hunting. When the cheetah runs, its tail always gives it balance, even if it’s cutting a sharp angle. And that’s when I was like: My leg could be the tail, right?” Kobe Bryant explained this past week.
There was a time when Lakers fans feared that they would never see Kobe’s fadeaway jumper again after he fractured his kneecap last year and was forced to miss the rest of the season.
But it has been confirmed by Lakers’ doctors and Kobe himself that he has fully recovered from his injury, with Bryant even stating that he feels he can return to his former greatness.