2016 Salt Conference - Kobe Bryant: The Next J.K. Rowling

May 11 2016 | 4:45pm ET

Future NBA Hall of Fame star Kobe Bryant sat down with ESPN’s Mike Greenberg at the 2016 Salt Conference to discuss his career, his philosophies on life, and his pending literary career after his NBA retirement.

Bryant said that he will feel “cool,” the same way he feels now at being content with his retirement.

Speaking at length about his career during the interview, Bryant said his best game personally was Game 7 of the NBA Championship against the Boston Celtics, although it wasn’t his best game statistically.

The best moment in his career: “The last game, my family being there, to be able to enjoy it with the city of Los Angeles,” he said, discussing his long career with the Los Angeles Lakers.

Bryant Eyes Literary Ventures

Looking ahead into his retirement, Bryant said that “J.K. Rowling” was the person whom he would most like to emulate. The audience fell silent. “Story telling for me is next. It took me 15 years to find out what my next passion is.” Bryant has set new goals to create inspiring content.

Bryant said that during a game, fans were peppering with questions. One question on the latest book he had read stumped the person asking.

It was a Rowling book. The questioner didn’t know who Rowling was. Bryant leaned back, and no one asked any other questions. It suggests some joy in being anonymous.

But it was more than that as to why he wants to emulate J.K. Rowling:

“I’m very fascinated by story telling,” he said. “Throughout his career, Bryant was able to write some of his commercials. But he wants to move to into fiction.

“What I’m obsessed over is to create sports mythology and stories for children,” he said, citing the lack of stories and books around his sports obsession as a child.

“She’s my muse,” he said of Rowling.

Bryant is currently working on several books, and said he doesn’t plan on going into coaching. Given the reach of literature, he feels he can have a bigger impact by sharing knowledge with readers than he can with 15 players in the locker room.

“By teaching certain strategies for children to enjoy, I think you you can change the future of sports.”


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