Despite the wonderful talents with which they are born, players like Kobe Bryant and LeBron James must worked tirelessly at their craft to become the great players that they are. Kobe, LeBron and others must maintain ideal physical condition, polish their work on the court and otherwise prepare themselves to be the best they can be.
Becoming one of the best players requires intense training, and remaining at or near the top requires dedication to training and an intuitive search for ways to refine one's game. Once a player like Kobe passes through his prime, he must evolve his game further to remain great.
Following is a look at how some of the most meticulous star players, both offensive and defensive stars, who refine their games to place themselves among the sport's best.