Just a month after playing his final NBA game, Bryant has hit the ground running with his publishing and production company, Kobe Inc.
Upon its establishment in 2014, Bryant said of Kobe Inc., "We want to own and help grow brands and ideas that challenge and redefine the sports industry while inspiring," per Darren Rovell of ESPN.com.
Now, working with the company on new ventures is part of Bryant's daily routine.
According to Ryan Pearson of the Associated Press, Kobe Inc. has 10 full-time employees, and his Kobe Studios arm has seven more. One current project includes the production of a short film based on Bryant's "Dear Basketball" poem he posted on the Players' Tribune in November to announce his retirement at the end of the 2015-16 season.
Bryant has also apparently used his Southern California prowess to solicit advice from Hollywood big shots like Steven Spielberg, J.J. Abrams and Jerry Bruckheimer.
Per Pearson, Bryant said:
I mean those are like unfair advantages. I can pick up the phone and speak to them and ask them questions: "What do you think about the story? What is this missing?" And they'll nitpick every single detail and I love it.
They respect and appreciate what I've done for 20 years as I respect and appreciate what they've done over the years. And we understand that there is a unifying force between those two things. Even though the disciplines are different, the commitment, attention to detail is absolutely the same. So even though Steven Spielberg can start speaking in film language and I won't understand a damn thing, I understand the core, the essence of what he's saying.
The Mamba may be retired from basketball, but he shows no signs of slowing down.
[h/t For The Win]