Kobe Bryant pens a letter to his 17-year-old self

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Some of you may be wondering: What is Kobe Bryant doing with himself since he outrageously dropped 60 points on the Utah Jazz in his final ever NBA game?

Good question, what hasn't he been doing? He's spent a long time in China doing media tours and speaking at conventions, he's launched a new range of trainers with Nike and he's also been diligently building his empire, Kobe Inc.

On Wednesday though, Kobe took take a break from all of that and decided to write a letter to his 17-year-old self.

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However futile the endeavour may appear to be, it was obviously a cathartic release for the Black Mamba. He dished out some life lessons on the increasingly popular Players' Tribune.

With all the money Kobe has made - he raked in $25m last season alone - his advice is to invest it in and for your family, don't shower them with gifts.

"Use your success, wealth and influence to put them in the best position to realise their own dreams and find their true purpose. Put them through school, set them up with job interviews and help them become leaders in their own right.

"Hold them to the same level of hard work and dedication that it took for you to get to where you are now, and where you will eventually go."

Unfortunately, there wasn't any secret tips on how to win championships or become a clutch master, but Kobe is obviously in a reflective mood now that retirement is setting in.

After recently announcing that he and his wife Vanessa are expecting their third child, the Lakers legend will soon be able to put his own advice into practice.

Julius Randle
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