Kobe Bryant wants to do some skydiving after retirement

Kobe Doesn't Care That He's Too Big for Disneyland Rides - 'TMZ Sports'
Kobe Doesn't Care That He's Too Big for Disneyland Rides - 'TMZ Sports'

In an interview with Sirius XM NBA Radio, Kobe revealed the things he wanted to do once he retires. After 20 seasons in professional basketball, it sounds like he wants to stay active and do the things he wasn't allowed to do while employed by the Lakers. The clip is below.

Bryant has had an incredibly prolific NBA career, winning five championships in his 20 seasons. But now he wants to ski, surf, and skydive. Given his competitive focus and his drive for excellence, which manifested itself in a preference of banners over friends, he could become quite advanced in these pursuits quickly. He may have trouble finding people to do these hobbies with, though. I don't think Shaquille O'Neal will be joining him.

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Bryant last won a championship in 2010. Since then, his numbers have been in decline. This season he is averaging 16.3 points and 3.5 assists per game. His career average, however, is 25.1 and 4.7. This entire Lakers season has been largely devoted to saying farewell to the Black Mamba. The Lakers rebuild will begin in earnest next season. For now, Kobe is getting standing ovations in every stadium he plays in. He is already a basketball legend.

After being a fixture in the NBA for two decades, and for most of his career a dominant force, Kobe will be moving onto other things. While he won't be on the hardwood, you may see him at your local beach, or mountain, or even falling through the air. And, be sure, he will probably be better than you at whatever hobby he takes up in retirement. Even skydiving.

See photos of Kobe Bryant throughout his career