Kobe Bryant explains when he started planning for life after basketball

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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.


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."


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.

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