Things unfold so quickly for Kobe Bryant.
It happened when he jumped from high school to the NBA. Bryant immediately bounced back from three airballs in the final minutes of the Lakers’ first-round loss to the Utah Jazz in the 1997 NBA playoffs. He quickly established himself as an elite scorer with loads of athleticism and highlight reels. Bryant soon won championship after championship. As indicated by his career-high 81 points seven years ago and his fourth-place ranking on the NBA’s all-time scoring list, Bryant could score quickly and dangerously. As he’s trying to prove with his surgically repaired left Achilles tendon, Bryant’s proven he can recover from injuries at a fast rate, too.
But this highlight video takes a different twist, showing how Bryant’s career has evolved in slow motions. We see the usual suspects. Bryant’s game winners. His elation after winning an NBA championship. His signature scowl. His unmatched fundamentals. Slowing it down allows the viewer to fully understand and appreciate the various intricacies surrounding Bryant’s game. But it also provides another reminder on how hard it is to stop Bryant from unleashing these skills when they’re played out in real time.
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