When he was on the basketball court, it seemed that there was basically nothing that Kobe Bryant couldn’t do. It seems he has taken that versatility into retirement and recently he became an author. That’s right, the Black Mamba is now in bookstores, and he’s got quite the story to tell.
Penning his story
Kobe has his own inspirational story to tell his fans about how he approached basketball. The Mamba Mentality: How I Play tells Bryant’s story on how he got his drive and ambition to be the best on the court. Some say he really was the best on the court, and his record is up there amongst the greats like Jordan, Abdul-Jabbar, and James. Who better to learn the ropes from than one of the greatest of all time?
Spreading his wings
It seems as though playing basketball for the Lakers his entire career was holding Bryant back. Since retiring, he has been trying out a whole bunch of new things, and he’s been earning recognition for his talents in other fields. Bryant produced a short animated film called Dear Basketball in 2017, and that creation made him stand out even more than before.
He became the first African-American nominated for an Oscar in the Best Animated Short Film category as well as the first pro sports athlete ever to receive a nomination. Not only was Bryant nominated, but he won the Academy Award for his short film, proving he has many strings to his bow.
Penning something else
Bryant already wrote about his life and how the decisions he made helped him make it as pro, but now he was looking to do something a little different. His new book The Wizenard Series looks set to combine basketball with the world of Harry Potter. The story is set in an alternate universe, where the world is dominated by sports and those with magical powers.
It follows two heroes, one low born and one princess, who have to battle their way through a dark world, unleashing their hidden powers along the way. The story takes place at an elite sporting academy, where the finest athletes in the land are sent to hone their skills.
They all go on an epic journey and learn a lot about themselves along the way, all while set in their first year at the academy. This new project is a series of books, and it looks as though Kobe is in it for the long haul.
Next stop, world domination
It seems like there is nothing that Bryant can’t do if he puts his mind to it, so we’re expecting him to stick around in the spotlight for a long time. Before long he’ll get inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame, cementing his legacy as one of sports greatest ever athletes.
Bryant’s new book is set to teach kids valuable lessons, while focusing on sports. He is taking what he learned as a player and putting it into a magical basketball-playing world to show that everyone can be a hero.