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Kobe’s secret fountain of youth: Chicken bone broth soup


If you’re a home cook at all you’ve probably made this — use the leftover bones from a roasted chicken (or maybe the turkey from Thanksgiving dinner) and boiled it down to make a broth for soup. Bone broth.

If so, you have partaken in Kobe Bryant’s pre-game meal of choice and dietary staple. What he sees as a healthy fountain of youth.

Bone broth is a favorite of the Paleo diet crowd and is the core of Kobe’s diet, something Baxter Holmes wrote about for ESPN.

Bone broth has quietly but steadily become a daily staple of Bryant’s diet over the past three years. It’s the foundation of his pregame meal at home and on the road, and the Lakers put in long hours to make sure it’s carefully prepared for him at all times.

“I’ve been doing the bone broth for a while now,” Bryant said. “It’s great — energy, inflammation. It’s great.”

The key is cooking down the bones to get the real vitamins and nutrients from them and the cartilage (this is different than the flavored broth you buy at the store). The Lakers chef buys free range chickens, debones them herself then cooks them down for eight hours (with some vegetables) to make the both every day.

The broth is a base for a wide variety of soups: minestrone, beef stew, chicken meatball, chili, a 15-bean soup with kale or what (Lakers team chef Sandra) Padilla said is Bryant’s favorite — chicken tortilla.

Kobe is like a lot of NBA athletes who as they get older become far more careful about what they eat and what goes into their body. Some, like Ray Allen, figure that out early but for most players it’s more like their late 20s where they figure out they can’t just have chicken and waffles, or a Big Mac, before a game and still perform the same way. As they get older players generally become more regimented about what they eat.

As with all things Kobe, he doesn’t just go halfway — once he became serious about his diet he became fanatical about it.

So now he eats more soup than your grandmother in Florida. Because he knows what’s good for him.

Kobe Bryant says retiring after this season has “crossed my mind”

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It’s been a rough year for Kobe Bryant. He’s had to take nights off to rest, and the 12-29 Lakers are well out of the playoff hunt at the point. Bryant has one more year on his contract after this one, but he tells the Los Angeles Times’ Bill Plaschke that he’s at least contemplated hanging it up after this season:

When asked whether he has considered retiring at the end of this season, one year before the end of his Lakers contract, he nods his head in agreement.

“I’d be lying if I said that it hasn’t crossed my mind,” he tells The Times. “Right now I doubt it … but anything’s possible.”

He emphasizes the right now (because, right now, the reality is so muddled and difficult that even the Black Mamba is having trouble wrapping his mind around it.

“My body is hurting like crazy, around the clock, and if I don’t want to do this anymore, I won’t do it,” he says.

It would be shocking if Bryant actually walked away from the last year of his deal — he has exactly 25 million reasons not to. But he’s made so much money in his career, and will continue to make money after he’s done playing basketball (he’s one of the most iconic athletes in the world with plenty of outside business interests), that if his body is telling him no, it’s not unthinkable that he’d listen.

It’s been fascinating watching the evolution of Bryant this season. In the past, he’s been defiant, completely dismissive of the idea that he will someday not be able to play basketball the way he has his entire career. Coming into this season, following a year in which two serious leg injuries limited him to six games, he expected himself to return to form. But while he’s looked better than most people had any right to expect, and certainly shown flashes of the player who’s one of the 10 best ever to play the game, this season has seen a decidedly human Kobe, and he’s finally admitting it.

It will be a bummer to see him go, and it’s hard to imagine the NBA without him. Hopefully, he’s able to play out the final year of his contract. But even he realizes there’s a chance that won’t happen.

Brilliant Kobe Bryant “Let It Go” Frozen parody is must watch

Los Angeles Lakers v Los Angeles Clippers

Brilliant. Well done Bleacher Report.

Even Kobe Bryant might find this funny. Like any father of young girls, you know he has heard this song before. Roughly 562 times.