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Kobe Bryant now aiming to conquer young-adult novel genre

Kobe Bryant, having already made successful inroads into Hollywood courtesy of winning an Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film for “Dear Basketball,” has now set his post-NBA retirement sights on the literary world.

First, the Los Angeles Lakers icon announced in May the October release of his first nonfiction book, title, “The Mamba Mentality: How I Play.” And now Bryant has revealed aspirations to conquer the young-adult novel genre.

Bryant recently divulged that next year he will oversee the release of three YA novels penned by fantasy genre writers. The books will involve a “fictional universe where nothing is real except the sports,” per a fascinating profile of the Black Mamba from Lee Jenkins of Sports Illustrated.

And how Kobe described the world in which said fictional universe exists is quite interesting, to say the least.

“If Harry Potter and the Olympics had a baby, that would be the world we’re trying to communicate,” Bryant said. “There’s fantasy—dreamlike, magical elements—but it’s a magic kids can experience.”

Bryant is deeply committed to achieving his vision due to his passion for creating compelling narratives, in whatever form.

“What I love is storytelling,” Bryant said. “I love the idea of creative content, whether it’s mythology or animation, written or film, that can inspire people and give them something tangible they can use in their own lives.”

Bryant certainly has made a seamless transition from the court to retired life. And from here, Bryant seems hellbent on becoming the next great mogul of the entertainment world.