What Really Goes on in Kobe Bryant's Head: A Peek Into a Superstar's Thoughts

Hayden KimCorrespondent IIIMay 21, 2010

LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 19:  Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers reacts to a play against the Phoenix Suns in the first quarter of Game Two of the Western Conference Finals during the 2010 NBA Playoffs at Staples Center on May 19, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
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What is that man thinking?

Who knows.

Everyone on Earth has probably wondered what really goes on in a head like Kobe's. Sometimes his thought process seems to stun most fans and most announcers. There is even a shot called the "Kobe Shot." There is a good reason behind this.

When I say this I think I'm speaking for most NBA fans out there, "I wish I could be inside a superstar's head just for one moment."

Who has to think harder than anybody on the court?

Superstars do.

Who has the ball with two seconds to go?

Kobe Bryant does.

Imagine being in his shoes with the ball in your hand with the clock ticking and the crowd cheering. It's unimaginable isn't it? Well it's reality for players like Kobe and LeBron.

How many times have you seen Kobe with the ball with the game on the line and him hitting a baseline fadeaway to win the game?

Too many times.

If everyone got a nickel for every time Kobe hit a game-winner, everyone would be a millionaire.

I still remember going to a game at the Rose Garden. I can still hear the Blazers fans booing Kobe and the Lakers. The Lakers have the ball with five seconds to go and the game was on the line.

The Blazers had a three-point lead, but I never had a doubt in my mind that Kobe wasn't going hit it.


Kobe had done it again—he had hit a jumper from the top of the key to send it into overtime. The Lakers ended up winning that game on another game-winner from Kobe. Surprising?

I think not.

Someone like Kobe has to think completely different from someone like you and me. When we play basketball we have doubts. When Kobe's on the floor, in his mind every shot is going in and every game is going to be a "W."

His mind is all visualization and focus. The show Sport's Science showed this the best. They brought in Sasha Vujacic, Kobe's teammate, and they tested him.

Considering Sasha is a exceptional free-throw shooter, he shot a perfect 10-for-10 on his first three sets. They then blindfolded him. According to the experts down at Sport's Science, Sasha's mind had structured itself to be able to visualize the basket with photographic memory.

Using muscle memory and visualization, he shot an amazing eight-for-10 blindfolded.

Amazing right?

Kobe uses these techniques and his God-given talent to make the incredible, "Oh, my God"-type shots every game. Michael had it and now Kobe has it. This is something no one can learn—it is merely something you are born with—a "killer instinct" as they call it.

Kobe's "killer instinct" allows him to be ahead of the game, every game.

I guarantee ESPN thanks him for that.