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Lakers news: Kobe Bryant to open China’s first basketball school

After 20 seasons with the Los Angeles Lakers, Kobe Bryant retired following a 60-point performance against the Utah Jazz to conclude the 2016-17 NBA season. Since then, Bryant has been building up Kobe Inc. while focusing on storytelling.

As the Lakers announced they will be retiring both Bryant’s jersey numbers, he announced plans for China’s first NBA basketball school according to AFP:

Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant announced plans on Tuesday for China’s first NBA basketball school, a development the 18-time All-Star says will improve the game in the country.

Bryant believes the Chinese youth will benefit from NBA-level coaching and training:

“The Chinese youth will benefit from a complete approach to player development that combines NBA-quality coaching with NBA-level training,” said the retired five-time NBA champion.

During Bryant’s playing days, he was part of Nike Basketball’s Asia tour and established a relationship with Chinese fans. Despite dealing with season-ending injuries in the final stages of his career, China treated the 18-time All-Star like a living legend.

All eyes continue to be on Bryant in the next chapter of his life. While the five-time champion has no interest in coaching, he has worked out and advised numerous All-Star players since retirement.