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Kobe fears life after hoops, turns inward for answers

Kobe's New Passion


By GLENN MINNIS
XN Sports

Kobe Bryant fears he may soon come face-to-face with an opponent even he dreads he has little chance of overcoming.

The 18-year NBA veteran and soon-to-be 36-year-old Hall of Fame-bound guard recently admitted to reporters that he's "scared" about life after basketball. "You really have to lean on muses and mentors going forward, just as I did as a kid," he added. "It's about having that next wave of things, which is scary as hell."

Having survived for just six games last season due to an assortment of lingering injuries, Bryant has to know and feel the end is near. Coming off the torn Achilles' that sidelined him much of last season, it's a mystery if Bryant will even survive the remaining two years he has on the $48 million deal he recently inked with L.A.

The man who has known no fear over his five-time championship, 16-time All-Star career, bares his soul in "Kobe Bryant's Muse," a Showtime produced documentary set to air this November.

"It's a fascinating time to be around this guy," director Gotham Chopra told ESPN.com of spending the Lakers' franchise worst 27-55, lost season of 2014 chronicling the emotions of the ultra-competitive Bryant. "There's this sort of looking forward to life after basketball. This is a guy that's asking a lot of questions."

But to this day, many of them are questions that even Bryant probably still can't answer for himself. Questions such as will he be able to be the same Kobe Bryant when he returns next season, and even if he can, how many seasons might he truly have left?

"It's my job to go out there next season and lay it all out there on the line and get us to that elite level," Bryant said of a team even he admits remains somewhat in flux.

"We're still trying to figure the roster out," he said of a team that still has yet to name a replacement for ousted coach Mike D'Antoni. "We don't know what system we're going to be operating out of. A lot of those questions remain to be answered."

For sure, these are uncertain times for Bryant on a number of different fronts, yet he plans to tackle them in the only way he seems to know how.

As for "Muse," Bryant reflected "it's about who or what has inspired me. It's more introspective."

Undoubtedly, that is the attitude Bryant will take with him to the hardwood this season as he desperately seeks to steer the only NBA franchise he has known back on course.

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eaglephoenix2 July 21 2014 at 4:00 PM

I remember the cover up and maligning of the young hotel worker in Colorado. He was such a valuable property and had just signed or was about to sign a huge deal. That was a travesty and a smear campaign on the girl who was quickly used abused and thrown out of the room.

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skidrowtom July 21 2014 at 2:14 PM

This rapist needs to be in jail.

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Nick July 21 2014 at 2:42 PM

He should still be in prison for what he did to that 19 year old girl. Give him every award they have, he is still a ra*est

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arthlop1 July 21 2014 at 2:47 PM

Kobe of course will only talk about his feats but certainly will not say a word about the Rape of the Hotel Clerk. We all know he paid Millions to her but we will never know just how many Millions he paid to keep her quiet.

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rfmlaw43 July 21 2014 at 1:05 PM

wow that's deep. People getting shot out of the sky, hospitals being bombed, children being dropped off at the border, etc... who gives a rat's ass about what some basketball player is going to do in his retirement.

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Christopher rfmlaw43 July 22 2014 at 5:08 AM

maybe he should bounce the idea off some one other than the repeaters ( press )

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geonosian713 July 21 2014 at 1:16 PM

jesus, give some people money and fame and they act like they are PHILOSOPHERS OR SOMETHING !! GO BE A COACH AND STFU !!!

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floatgod July 21 2014 at 3:52 PM

Get over it!
Your time is up.
Use your money to help ghetto kids, its much more rewarding than slam dunks.

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wtahra July 21 2014 at 12:55 PM

An intelligent and talented guy but suffers from the same aloofness and arrogance that Tiger Woods also exhibits. One of the best of all time who is worth 250 million or more? Save me the scared about life after basketball. You will be fine Kobe, I am sure of it!

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dexrmerritt July 21 2014 at 4:25 PM

fair enough..I would be as well...now he should invest heavily and look to own a team or invest in a team...

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onionson July 21 2014 at 2:48 PM

I like Kobe in the same way I like LeBron. They lost at the right times for my teams to prevail.

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