Kobe Bryant is one of the smartest, most intelligent people to ever step foot on a basketball court.
Having hung up his sneakers after an exhilarating 20-year career with the L.A. Lakers, Bryant has made an immediate splash in the post-NBA world with his business acumen.
Of course, the 38-year-old planned for the next stage of his life with the same obsessive attitude that proved to be such a key attribute in making him one of the greatest to ever play the game.
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But when did the Black Mamba decide to start focusing on life after basketball? Speaking to The Ringer, he explained his Achilles injury played a big part.
He said: "The injury. When I injured my Achilles and it became something like 'ok, this is immediate and the end of my career can be now.'
"So since I was 21 years old and I had to figure out what comes next, you kind of brainstorm but you never really execute anything, but when the injury happens it was 'ok, no, I need to start building now'. That's when the turning point was for me."
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While Lakers fans will certainly miss Kobe, the team's start to life without the five-time champion has certainly healed wounds. The Purple and Gold are 6-4, and it must be great for Bryant to watch his former teammates make such an impressive start.