: Sunday was an off-day for Team USA, but a group of players made their way to the gym to get some shooting in. Among them was Kobe Bryant, who got in about an hour's worth of shots.
He worked from five different spots on the floor, making 25 shots from a foot inside the arc and then 25 more from beyond it before moving on to the next spot, stopping to hit seven free throws in between. He went from right baseline to left baseline and then back again. So, that's 500 makes from the perimeter, plus probably another 100 or so from the free throw line.
It was all catch-and-shoot action. I didn't pay too close attention to his misses and makes, but he clearly shot a pretty good percentage. When he first got to the top of the key, he made 16-of-18, and after missing a few, hit at least 10 more in a row.
Afterwards, I asked Kobe about what he's focusing on as he shoots...
"I just think about the moment," he said. "I just think about the shot that I'm taking. That's it. That's the only thing that counts."
He said he focuses on "the bottom of the bucket" when he looks at the rim and that he has changed his release a bit recently. "I went from more of a stiff release to more of a looser one. Just because I fractured my hand some years ago, and just the rotation of the ball after that has been a little different. So, I had to change it up a little bit."
He says that when he misses, he knows what went wrong with his form, and that the most common mistake he makes is not putting enough arc on the ball.