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Kobe Bryant Takes Seoul by Storm

Updated: 2011-07-14 00:00:00 KST
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Two-time MVP and NBA basketball champion Kobe Bryant arrived at Korea's Kimpo International Airport on Thursday.
The LA Lakers guard was greeted by fans and media as he is in Seoul for the second leg of his five-city Asian tour.
Before Kobe's arrival, a total of 96 amateur teams divided into middle school, high school and college divisions, competed aggressively for two days, each hoping to get the chance to go one-on-one with the basketball legend or take part in his basketball clinic.
And as the living legend made a grand entrance at Seoul's Korea University, the crowd erupted into cheers as he high-fived the tournament winners.
The winners of the high school and college divisions were the lucky ones to receive some tough lessons from the Lakers guard.
He even gave demonstrations, saying it's all about hard work.
The winning team from the middle school division went face-to-face with their basketball hero.
Kobe sometimes playfully teased them but he also wowed them with his artful dribbling and a slam dunk.
And the young fans were delighted to be able to play with their dream player.


[Interview : Han Young-woong, Middleschool student] "I only saw him on TV so it was an honor meeting him in person and if there's another chance, I would do it again and try to beat him in one-on-one."


Bryant also held a Q&A session with his fans, answering questions from online and the audience.
He talked about his rival, how he stays on top and shared some of his personal lessons learned from his father.
Plus he gave some reflections on his overall impression with the Korean students.


[Interview : Kobe Bryant, NBA basketball player] "I really liked it, I really enjoyed it. I'm glad that they pushed the way that they did. And that the only way you get better is by pushing yourself past exhaustion."

Kobe's message of the day was that there's no secret to his success, it's just practice and doing it over and over again.


[Interview : Kim Han-ul, chkim@arirang.co.kr] "After wrapping up his short and sweet visit to Seoul, Kobe Bryant plans to visit three cities in China- Shenyang, Changsha and Nanjing- to complete his five-city Asian tour.
Kim Han-ul, Arirang News."


Reporter : chkim@arirangtv.com

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