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Kobe Bryant on if he misses basketball: ‘No, I don’t’ (vid)

Kobe Bryant is now over a full year removed from playing in his last NBA game following an iconic 20-season career. And the Los Angeles Lakers legend claims to have no regrets about calling it quits.

Bryant, in an appearance on “Good Morning America” Monday, was asked if he misses the game. To which the 38-year-old responded, “No, I don’t.”

Bryant, who won five NBA titles and accomplished countless individual achievements during his career, acknowledged it was hard to let go of the game that had consumed his entire life. But as is the case with everything, all good things must come to an end.

As transcribed by The Los Angeles Times:

“It’s crazy,” he said. “I started playing when I was 2, and so after playing for 20 years in the league, what I have now is, everything I’ve 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.”

“And the other thing is that for athletes that come next understand that there’s a finale to it, right? And that’s OK. It’s very hard to let go of something you’ve done for half your life.

“It’s kind of becomes who you are. But there’s a difference between doing what you do versus understanding that is not who you are.… Hopefully other athletes can understand and see that,” he said.

With more time on his hands, Bryant has devoted himself to his family and invested himself more fully in his longstanding philanthropic efforts, not to mention dedicating more time to his many business endeavors.

Bryant’s venture capital firm Bryant-Stibel — co-founded with business partner Jeff Stibel — also continues to make huge strides in the business world as well.

Suffice, to say, Bryant is keeping himself very busy in his post-NBA life.