Baxter Holmes ESPN Staff Writer
LeBron James recently credited Kobe Bryant for providing motivation, saying that he always knew he had to be in the gym because "I knew I had to be better because of Kobe Bryant." Did Bryant feel the same way? "I always felt like there was somebody somewhere [working]," Bryant said. "Even when I was in high school, I always felt like somebody somewhere is working. That would be in the back of my mind. But at the same time, I would say, it's impossible for somebody to work as much as I am. I'm here all the time. It wasn't like I had to force myself to do it. There was no place I'd rather be, and I just don't know if anybody else or any other player at that time in high school had that sentiment. The players that I was around, it was always like, I've got to go punch the clock and do these drills. For me, it was like, there's no place I'd rather be. So I was comfortable in that and I knew that, and because I had that feeling, I knew it just wasn't possible for somebody to outwork me."