The 36-year-old said he's looking forward to finding something he's as passionate about as basketball. He was introspective last season, when he missed all but six games due to leg injuries.
"I'm afraid, too,'' Bryant said. "You really have to lean on muses and mentors going forward, just as I did as a kid. It's about having that next wave of things, which is scary as hell, but it's fun at the same time.''
The Lakers finished a franchise-worst 27-55 last season, and they lost Pau Gasol to the Bulls this offseason.
"We're still trying to figure the roster out,'' Bryant said. "We don't know what system we're going to be operating out of. A lot of those questions remain to be answered.
"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."
- Chris Mascaro