Lakers legend Kobe Bryant ‘loving every minute’ of retirement
It’s been over two years since Kobe Bryant made his epic farewell to the NBA by dropping 60 points in a win over the Utah Jazz to put an end to his playing career with the Los Angeles Lakers.
Although Bryant was one of the most driven and determined players the league has ever seen, the five-time NBA champion is enjoying his time away from the basketball court. Kobe, who many believed might struggle without a basketball in his hands, much in the same way Michael Jordan did after his playing days were over, is actually content and thriving in his new career, as he said on Fox Sports Radio’s Chris And Caron (transcription via Harrison Faigen of Silver Screen and Roll).
“It’s actually better than I dreamed of or imagined it could be. I’m very fortunate to be able to have found something that I love just as much as I loved basketball. It’s the same process, it’s a lot of work, a lot of attention to detail and getting up early, staying up late. Finding the right people to work with that share that same passion, love and obsessiveness for the craft. And when you do that, when you work with great people, the results tend to be great as well … I’m loving every minute of it.”
With Bryant recently winning an Academy Award for his animated short film, ‘Dear Basketball,’ it comes as no surprise that he’s motivated and completely invested in his new endeavor. Kobe also has his own show on ESPN+ called Detail in which he breaks down film of games during the NBA playoffs, and he’s clearly enjoying that as well.
Unlike some Hall of Fame-caliber players before him, Bryant has found a perfect profession to transition to after an incredible career in the NBA as the face of the Lakers franchise. Whether Kobe can continue to be successful off the court remains to be seen, but he’s enjoying ride thus far.