He is a smart player. He learned from every player that ever beat him, and you would often see him "borrow" signature moves from other players (an Michael Jordan layup was one of his favourites).
The other amazing thing about Kobe was his ability to recover from injury. Especially in the last 5 years, Kobe has seemed to be injured more often than any other player, yet he is always back on court after a couple of weeks rest. This is a screenshot of a picture he tweeted of his fractured knee in 2014.
Acupuncture will have helped with his post-operative pain*, but a lot with the recovery of his knee, but his biggest asset in his recovery was his attitude: "whatever it takes".
If you can apply that mantra to injury recovery; spend every minute you can in clinical rehab, or strength/conditioning training, that is the greatest thing you can do to advance your sporting career. It served Kobe well for an incredibly successful, 20-year NBA career!
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*Chen CC, Yang CC, Hu CC, Shinh HN, Chang YH, Hsieh PH. Acupuncture for pain relief after total knee arthroplasty: a randomised controlled trial. Reg Anesth Pain Med. 2015 Jan-Feb;40(1):31-6.
Dr Mitch Clark