It's what makes Kobe Bryant, well, Kobe Bryant. It's the reason he has 27,447 career points. It's one of the reasons he has five championship rings.
More than an hour after the Lakers lost a grueling game to the Heat 94-88 in which Kobe missed his last three shots and had two turnovers in the final three minutes, he took back to the court to get some work in.
It's the reason he is who he is. Obsessive about his game, to the point of near compulsion. The Lakers aren't flying out to Dallas until Friday morning, so it presented Bryant a rare opportunity to go back to work. And as we know how Kobe is, he's not going to miss the chance.
One reporter even tweeted that Heat coach Erik Spoelstra came out to take a look. It's not surprising, because how else do you think he became Kobe Bryant, but it definitely is very cool. Especially with the way the game ended.
Kobe said after his workout, which included going to the weight room, "This is my job."
There is always the talk about the great ones being the first in the gym and the last to leave. The gym is their true home. Their house is just where they sometimes sleep. I'm sure this isn't the first time a cleaning crew will have come up to Kobe and asked him to leave. And it probably won't be the last either. (Though Kevin Ding of the OC Register tweeted, "In more than a decade covering Kobe, I haven't seen him do this before.")
I did like what Kelly Dwyer of Ball Don't Lie tweeted though: "Pau is still open."