'Unfamiliar territory' for Kobe Bryant

Updated: May 23, 2012, 7:45 AM ET
By Ramona Shelburne | ESPNLosAngeles.com

Kobe Bryant has never slept much. In a few years, when basketball is over for him and there is nothing left to chase, maybe then he'll sleep.

For now, rest is nothing more than a function. He sleeps in staccato segments. A few hours at night, a few more in the middle of the day if there's time before a game. Off-days are miserable. Those in his inner circle are used to short, late-night text messages that name a time and a place. The expectation? Be there quick. Kobe wants to work.

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