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I Am Kobe

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2022 Webby award winner and People's Voice winner for best sports podcast! How did Kobe Bryant craft the passion, the determination, and the strength to become a legend? This remarkable series reveals intimate, never-before-heard tapes of Kobe as a teenager, exploring his thoughts, his dreams, and his goals. Philadelphia journalist Mike Sielski tells the story of Kobe Bryant’s early years, weaving together these tapes and speaking with Kobe's high school coaches, his friends, his family, and the figures who knew him in his youth, to paint an enthralling documentary portrait of the making of an icon. Before he was an outsized global basketball celebrity for the Los Angeles Lakers, a 5-time NBA champion, an 18-time All-Star, an Academy Award-winning filmmaker, a children’s-book author, a husband, a father, and sometimes a lightning rod for controversy, Kobe Bryant was a kid from Philadelphia. Cover photo © Eileen Blass – USA TODAY NETWORK

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4.3 out of 5 stars from 133 ratings
  • Inside Kobe's push to greatness

    All too often, we settle for the sanitized, Cliff Notes version of superstars' stories. In contrast, Mike Sielski goes deep inside the formation of Kobe Bryant and puts us in the hallways of Lower Merion High School as he was on a quest to get to the NBA. Like a great microcosm history, this podcast complements Mike's excellent book to recreate Kobe's formative years and explain the genesis of the Mamba Mentality.

    Apple Podcasts
    5
    Competitive Erger
    United States5 months ago
  • 3 Stars Because Poor Audio on Kobe Audio

    Great informative podcast for new & lifelong Lakers / Kobe fans. I already knew of all the information that was said in this but I wanted to hear the audios of Kobe. The audios of Kobe speaking were so hard to understand. Did nobody re-listen to this before they published this podcast? Really upsetting considering how incredible Kobe Bryant was as an athlete & person. Re-touch this up & then re-publish this.

    Apple Podcasts
    3
    LakersGirl24Forever
    United States5 months ago
  • I Am Kobe

    Hands down, greatest sports podcast in its genre! I’ve ever heard a lot of podcast this style and this blows them out of the water, on to put the cherry on top it’s about The Mamba! I feel inspired, I feel more knowledgeable and honored to learn more about greatness!! 🐍 #8|#24|#2

    Apple Podcasts
    5
    GxBraves
    United States5 months ago
  • Poor sound quality

    I was so excited to listen to this and found the poor sound quality of the tape recordings to be a huge distraction and simply couldn’t understand them. Not sure how in today’s age the background noise and buzzing couldn’t be improved upon. 😞

    Apple Podcasts
    3
    Pammgramm
    United States5 months ago
  • Kobe

    This is a very beautiful podcast. I would recommend it to anyone who listens to podcasts. The reason why I gave it four stars is that the tapes ofKobe was not engineered towards the quality of the podcast. I had a very hard time hearing Kobe through the tapes.

    Apple Podcasts
    4
    Mooseyjoedabigdaddy
    United States5 months ago

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