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Lakers News: Kobe Bryant was Planning to Create Animation Studio Before his Death

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“That is the way this game is -- you win, you lose, you celebrate and you suffer.” -- Vin Scully

The end of Kobe Bryant’s time on the court was only part of the legacy he planned on creating throughout his life.

We know he turned his goal-driven mentality into becoming an advocate of Women’s sports and also a great mentor to those trying to find their own in the NBA.  He also turned to creative projects such as his Grammy Award-winning “Dear Basketball.”

His short film wasn’t the only such project he wanted to create after launching a brand new production company in Granity Studios. He planned on using the new studio to help other original creations come to life on the big screen. Just as his basketball career changed the lives of those who looked up to him, the company was supposed to do the same through storytelling. 

Kobe was supposedly in serious talks with Bruce W. Smith creator of the Disney animate show “The Proud Family” as well as the creator of the “Despicable Me” franchise, Sergio Pablos, to create an animation studio before that gloomy Sunday morning. In an interview with Double Toasted, Smith discussed the situation. 

“Bryant was heavily invested in starting an animation studio. So for the past six months or so Kobe and I have been in deep talks about making that happen. So we’re together finding artists to galvanize his dream and Kobe was, like they were saying, Kobe was beginning his second act and animation was going to play a huge part in that.”

Doing so would’ve helped him “bring something to the table that is not yet present.” He wanted to combine storytelling with sports to help inspire young kids to not only dream but to have the determination and focus to make those dreams become a reality. 

Kobe’s legacy was only starting. While he is widely known for being one of the best basketball players in the game, influencing an entire generation, he had so much more planned. The man was a treasure that would’ve only continued to change lives in whatever project or interaction he came across. Now we can only imagine the world he could’ve helped create. 

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