「Obsession Is Natural」- Kobe Bryant 談競爭時的心理狀態
從 NBA 的殺戮戰場上退役之後，我們大湖人名宿 Kobe Bryant 生活過的可以說是多采多姿，除了經營風險投資公司、飲料公司、自有品牌，第三個女兒也出生了。跟籃球有關的除了女籃之外，頂多就是受訪、上節目談論輪休和誰是 MVP 的看法。
Obsession Is Natural 翻譯
On November 12, 1996, Allen Iverson dropped 35 on the Knicks in a win at the Garden.
1996 年的 11 月 12 號，Allen Iverson 在麥迪遜花園廣場拿下 35 分，擊敗了尼克。
On November 12, 1996, I played five minutes and finished with two points in a Lakers win at Houston.
同樣的 1996 年的 11 月 12 號，湖人在休士頓帶走勝利的比賽中，我只打了五分鐘，拿了兩分。
When I checked into my hotel room later that night and saw the 35 on SportsCenter, I lost it. I flipped the table, threw the chairs, broke the TV.
當晚返回飯店後，我在 SportsCenter 節目上看見 AI 攻下 35 分的消息，我怒急攻心，掀翻了桌子、摔碎了椅子，並砸爛了電視。
I thought I had been working hard.
Five minutes. Two points.
I needed to work harder.
On March 19, 1999, Iverson put 41 points and 10 assists on me in Philadelphia.
1999 年的 3 月 19 日，費城，Iverson 這次在我面前轟下 41 分、10 助攻。
Working harder wasn’t enough.
I had to study this man maniacally.
I obsessively read every article and book I could find about AI. I obsessively watched every game he had played, going back to the IUPU All-American Game. I obsessively studied his every success, and his every struggle. I obsessively searched for any weakness I could find.
我著魔似的閱讀我能找到關於 AI 的每篇文章與每本書，我著魔似的觀摩他任何一場比賽，連大學時的明星賽我都沒放過。我著魔似的從他成功與掙扎的經歷中學習。我著魔似的探尋著他每個可能的弱點。
I searched the world for musings to add to my AI Musecage.
This led me to study how great white sharks hunt seals off the coast of South Africa.
The patience. The timing. The angles.
On Feb 20, 2000, in Philadelphia, PJ gave me the assignment of guarding AI at the start of the second half. No one knew how much this challenge meant to me.
2000 年的 2 月 20 號，同樣在費城，「禪師」Phil Jackson 讓我在從下半場開始防守 AI，沒有人知道這項挑戰對我來說意謂著什麼。
I wanted him to feel the frustration I felt.
I wanted everyone who laughed at the 41 and 10 he put on me to choke on their laughter.
我想要每個曾嘲笑我讓他攻下 41 分、10 助攻的人的笑聲戛然而止。
He would publicly say that neither of us could stop the other.
I refused to believe that.
I score 50.
我狂砍 50 分。
You score zero.
THAT is what I believe.
When I started guarding AI, he had 16 at the half. He finished the game with 16.
當我開始防守 AI 時，他已經在上半場拿了 16 分。全場比賽結束後，仍然只是 16 分。
Revenge was sweet.
But I wasn’t satisfied after the win. I was annoyed that he had made me feel that way in the first place.
I swore, from that point on, to approach every matchup as a matter of life and death. No one was going to have that kind of control over my focus ever again.
I will choose who I want to target and lock in.
I will choose whether or not your goals for the upcoming season compromise where I want to be in 20 years.
我才是那個決定你是否有資格影響我 20 年後地位的人。
If they don’t, happy hunting to you. But if they do….
I will hunt you obsessively. It’s only natural.