Magic Johnson Reveals How Kobe Bryant Was Inspirational off the Court, Post Retirement

Published 11/06/2020, 8:30 AM EST
LOS ANGELES, CA – AUGUST 24: Kobe Bryant and his family, his wife Vanessa Laine Bryant, left, and daughters Gianna Maria Onore Bryant, right, and Natalia Diamante Bryant, far right, at the City Council Chambers, in Los Angeles, Calif., on Aug. 24, 2016. (Photo by Marcus Yam/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)


During his playing career, Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant was one of the best players in the league. And after he retired, he gave back so much, not just to the sport, but also to the community.

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Recently, Kobe’s close friend and fellow franchise legend, Magic Johnson, spoke about how their relationship was post-retirement and how Kobe did so much for society.

“We had so many great moments. Talking about business, life, being husbands, being fathers. I enjoyed every single moment just talking to Kobe. Also to see him enjoy retirement. See him be creative and create content, winning an Oscar. Doing the things he was able to do was amazing off the court.”

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Kobe Bryant: An inspiration

After a playing career that spanned two decades, Kobe hung up his sneakers in 2016. Since then, he was involved in many fields, like Magic mentioned. Two years back, he became the first NBA player to win an Academy Award, when his movie ‘Dear Basketball’ won the award for Best Animated Short Film during the 2018 Oscars.

Even after retiring, whenever he came to the Staples Center to catch a game, the crowd would go crazy. His animated conversations with Lakers star LeBron James from the sidelines captured the hearts of all Lakers fans.

From NBA hero to WNBA hero

Magic also spoke about how Kobe worked for women’s basketball.

“And then working with women’s sports, in terms of basketball players, training them, whether they were high school, college, or WNBA. Last but not least, giving back to homelessness. He wanted to make sure that he created housing for those who didn’t have a house. God is so good for putting Kobe in my life so I thank Him for that.”

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A father of four daughters, Kobe was a pioneer for women’s basketball. His approach to the sport influenced thousands to respect WNBA and women’s basketball more. He was a coach for his late daughter Gianna’s team, and the way he coached them was inspiring for everyone. He also worked with WNBA players like Sabrina Ionescu and helped them.

His death was a huge loss- to the NBA, the WNBA, and basketball as a whole.

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Aaron Mathew

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Aaron Mathew is a sports analyst at EssentiallySports. A graduate in Mass Media from Xavier’s College, Aaron has been a part of EssentiallySports since May 2020 where he covers both NBA and NCAA basketball news, and has also covered NBA 2K. In the past, Aaron has worked at the Sports Desk of Mumbai Mirror.

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