Kobe Bryant has a story
In the fall of 2015, Kobe Bryant announced that he would be retiring from the NBA after 20 seasons with the Los Angeles Lakers. His decision to move on from basketball was no big surprise, but the way he shared the news with the world was—he wrote a poem. In the ensuing months, reporters hounded Kobe with questions about what he’d do when he was done playing. His short answer was storytelling. This year, we’ve gotten a hint of what he meant: wildly ambitious and creative short-film projects that transcend genres. Puppets. An elaborate cardboard city. A whole new way to talk about sports. In this talk with Cal Fussman, a world-renowned interviewer and the creator of Esquire magazine’s “What I Learned" column, Kobe will discuss his transition from the arena to the studio, his passion for stories, and his bold dreams for Kobe, Inc.