Kobe Bryant has been retired from the NBA for over a year now and has since made the transition to creating art. The former league Most Valuable Player spends his days as a family man while creating films and stories from his unique perspective. The "Black Mamba" teamed up with animator/director Glen Keane on the project "Dear Basketball" a special homage to Bryant's love for the game that made him famous.
In an interview with Good Morning America, Bryant described the excitement he received from playing basketball as a child and it's influence over his life.
“I couldn’t put the basketball down, When my parents bought me a brand new basketball, I found myself lying in bed and shooting with it. I’d fall asleep with it. I’d …show more content…
After playing for 20 years in the league, what I have now is everything I learned from the game, I carry with me to this day, So the game’s never truly left me. Physically, yes. But emotionally, and the things that I write, all stem from the game. So it’s still a part of me.
Bryant while continuing to promote his short filmm at this year's Tribeca Film Festival in New York City sat down with 1010 WINS Sports Director Marc Ernay to talk Phil Jackson and the New York Knicks. Bryant gave very candid thoughts on Jackson's tenure in New York to this point and offering advice to Carmelo Anthony.
"Ive been around Phil for a very, very long time and I think that people tend to forget that there's a lot of hardships that take place. I mean even when he was with Chicago and with us certainly, There are a lot of dark times people tend to forget that stuff, they tend to forget the disagreements, the arguments they tend to forget that stuff. You gotta have a winter to truly enjoy spring and a lot of times you want to jump straight to spring but it just don't work like