Kobe Bryant says he's open book for NBA players who ask for advice
Retired Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant says he talks with many NBA players who seek his advice and wisdom.
Boston Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas recently said that he and Bryant have been texting and going over film after playoff games. Thomas and the Celtics are locked in a heated playoff battle with the Washington Wizards. That Eastern Conference Semifinal matchup is tied at two games apiece.
"I'm around for all the guys," Bryant said to ESPN.com. "Anybody can reach out. It's an open book."
He scoffs at the idea that former Laker should be helping a Celtic in any way and says he's glad Thomas had the courage to reach out to him.
"Well that's complete nonsense," Bryant said. "I love watching IT play. Is he a superstar? I don't even know what that means. All I know is he goes out and competes every single night. He's been playing at a level rarely seen."
Bryant says he also talks to Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving, Houston Rockets guard James Harden, Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook, and Utah Jazz guard Gordon Hayward.
Since retiring at the end of last season after 20 seasons with the Lakers, Bryant has been focused on his many business projects,
"I don't miss it -- not even a little," Bryant says. "It's crazy, right? I love what I'm doing right now. I'm all in on my studio projects."
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