Kobe Bryant will turn 36 years old next month and with just two years left under contract with the Los Angeles Lakers, fans are wondering: what will the future hold for Kobe after basketball? He says he’s actually “scared” at the very thought.
Last season, he played just six games due to injury, leaving him with a lot of idle time — something he’s never had before — forcing him to think about his post-basketball future.
“I’m afraid, too,” he said at the summer TV critics’ meeting. “You really have to lean on muses and mentors going forward, just as I did as a kid. It’s about having that next wave of things, which is scary as hell, but it’s fun at the same time.”
Much of Kobe’s life last season is covered in an upcoming Showtime documentary, entitled Kobe Bryant’s Muse. He sat on the sidelines while his Lakers finished 27-55, the most losses in club history.
“It’s a fascinating time to be around this guy,” the documentary’s director Gotham Chopra tells the AP. “There’s this sort of looking forward to life after basketball. This is a guy that’s asking a lot of questions.”
Bryant said this film is different than the 2009 ESPN documentary Kobe Doin’ Work, which was directed by Spike Lee. The new film includes Magic Johnson and former Lakers coach and current Knicks president Phil Jackson.
“It’s more introspective,” says Kobe. “It’s about who or what has inspired me.”
Kobe Bryant’s Muse debuts on Showtime this Fall.