Kobe Bryant revealed that he no longer has the inclination to play basketball and is at peace with his NBA retirement.
The 37-year-old Los Angeles Lakers player, who announced his retirement this year, said that he is ready to take on another chapter of his life without basketball.
“I don’t. I really have no inclination to play the game anymore,” Kobe Bryant said in an interview with Rappler in his Mamba Mentality Tour in Manila.
“If you would have said that to me 7 years ago, that’s impossible, but I’m really, really fortunate, because it’s really hard for players at this stage to leave the game and feel completely at peace with it,” Kobe Bryant added, after being asked if the recent NBA Finals has ignited him to play again.
Kobe Bryant was in Manila for The Mamba Mentality Tour in Manila to coach college players playing against athletes from the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA).
He then shared his own story of how he went from being a teenage player from players of grown men to being one of the richest athletes in the world.
Kobe Bryant said that basketball paved the way for him to survive the hurdles of his life. For him, finding what you love is the key.
“When you find that thing that you love, your life makes sense,” he said. “You wake up in the morning, and life makes sense. And for me, it was basketball.”
Kobe Bryant then shared how basketball was his form of escape, self-expression, and communication.
With this, Kobe Bryant has no regrets in leaving basketball behind, to welcome his new ventures that include his own company, Kobe Inc.
“The game for me has always been a vehicle for which I express myself,” he said. “I find out more about myself through various challenges and obstacles. So I’m very comfortable with letting the game go and continuing to grow through other things.”
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