Kobe Bryant is very self-aware.

If you take nothing else away from Chuck Klosterman’s interview with Kobe in the latest edition of GQ, take that. He is not coasting through the end of his career; he is trying to take charge of it. He is trying to leave the game he loves on his terms.

He knows he has weaknesses, but his understanding of them makes him more dangerous. One thing many critics have said of him is he shoots too much. Klosterman mentions that but Kobe came back with an unusual reference for an athlete.

“I’ve shot too much from the time I was eight years old,” Bryant says. “But ‘too much’ is a matter of perspective. Some people thought Mozart had too many notes in his compositions. Let me put it this way: I entertain people who say I shoot too much. I find it very…

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