ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — In yesterday’s New York Times, there was a long interview/conversation between Kobe Bryant and Arianna Huffington, the media executive perhaps best known as the founder of The Huffington Post. The two apparently struck up a friendship after Kobe reached out to her, and the entire thing is worth your time to read, as they talk about everything from process vs results to meditation.
But toward the end of the piece, Kobe reveals some insight into his game — specifically, how he figured out how to fix his fadeaway jumper…
PG: There’s your Showtime documentary, “Kobe’s Muse,” in November. What’s that?
KOBE: You’ll see all the things I do, on and off the court. Every little detail, every tidbit, every improvement. And from that, we peel back the layers to get to who I am — because you can’t understand what I do without understanding who I am.
PG: Sounds like a series.
KOBE: That’s the vision. I’m the first “Kobe’s Muse,” then we’ll build it out. I want to know how Arianna became Arianna. I had this conversation with Hilary Swank once, and I asked about acting. And she broke down her process all the way to what would the character be watching on TV, what music would she listen to, how much money in her purse, how much change. I’m so interested in all those details.
AH: People want to know those things.
PG: As a lens for understanding each other?
KOBE: Exactly. I’ll give you an example. 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?
AH: That’s amazing.
KOBE: Inspiration surrounds us.
And CBS’s Matt Moore found photo evidence — Kobe really is becoming a cheetah…