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MTV's "When I Was 17" series details Kobe Bryant skipping class as a high school senior (Video)

February 10, 2011 | 12:00 pm

Time efficiency serves as one of many facets to Kobe Bryant's approach to basketball.

He minimizes wasted time by taking a helicopter from his Newport Beach residence to the Lakers' facility in El Segundo for practice and to Staples Center for games. He maintains a strictly uninterrupted pregame routine consisting of treatment, practice shots and mental preparation. And lately, he's streamlined interviews in the locker room immediately after the game, keeping his legs in a cooler of ice, wearing a robe and cutting out wasted time by combining his cool-off period with his media responsibilities.

That's why it shouldn't be surprising that MTV's "When I Was 17" series revealed in an episode scheduled to air Saturday at 11 a.m. that Kobe Bryant often skipped class during his senior year of high school at Lower Merion High School in Ardmore, Penn. Sure, chalk this up as an example of mixed priorities between education and athletics. But you can also chalk it up to prioritizing his time. Instead of wasting time at the school cafeteria, he went to better and just as unhealthy joints, such as McDonald's and Taco Bell. Instead of worrying about class, he was putting in the preparation for what amounted to a state championship.

-- Mark Medina

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