Kobe Bryant's first stop in his five-city "81 Asia Tour" in early September was in Tokyo, where he held a basketball clinic for youngsters. As he soon found out, a behind-the-back pass is appreciated just as much in Japan as in the U.S.
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Kobe held a 90-minute basketball clinic for the kids, with a couple of giddy schoolgirls among the 150-plus students in attendance.
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In Los Angeles, Kobe isn't too far from the original Disneyland, so he probably enjoyed seeing some familiar faces (Mickey and Minnie, for instance) at the Hong Kong Disneyland. It's a small world, after all.
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It's not easy to drive on Kobe, no matter what court he plays on.
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Will one of these youngsters one day make it to the NBA?
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Perhaps the next time Kobe's Lakers redesign their jerseys, it can incorporate some of the traditional aborigine clothing worn by these students.
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It's all about the fundamentals, as Kobe teaches these South Korea students how to improve their dribbling skills. "It's not about where you're from," Kobe said during his trip. "It's about your practice and effort."
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Everybody wanted a piece of Kobe during his week-long journey in Asia.
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Kobe called the basketball atmosphere in China "awesome. Yao Ming opened the door ... I look forward to seeing more Chinese players in the NBA."
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