Just came across an article tonight on Yahoo from USA Today that starts with a typical Kobe, but untypical any other basketball player, piece of strategy about how to use "empathy" for your opponent to help destroy their team in the game. It's humorous but it speaks volumes about how brilliant he was on the mental side of the game plus all of the physical preparation and skills perfected.
Also in that article linked immediately below is a fascinating talk he gives to a celebrity Wall Street Journal host in front of an audience of business people. Kobe comfortable as can be and engaged as can be in the "process" of his new focus on his business life. This guy is like Yoda with his intelligence and focus on detail.