DON’T expect Kobe Bryant to take a job as TV analyst anytime soon.
The former NBA star said he is happy with his role at his multimedia company Granity Studios, and has no time to do TV work as an analyst, similar to what former Los Angeles Lakers teammate Shaquille O’Neal is doing on Inside the NBA.
“Zero,” said the 39-year-old Bryant, when asked by a reporter if he is willing to do TV work in a conference call by ESPN with reporters from around the world including SPIN.ph.
“I love what I’m doing now. I love coming to the office writing, editing, creating. Building a studio is no small task. It’s all encompassing. I just don’t have the time to sit at a studio and do that,” said Bryant.
Bryant is launching the new basketball analysis show ‘Detail.’
Bryant will be writing, producing, and hosting the new show where he will provide thorough analysis throughout the NBA playoffs. Analysis on the show on ESPN+, however, will be different from the ones being seen in traditional platforms.
“That's what you'll see in Detail. It's hard to explain until you see it. Yes, it's a basketball analysis show, but the way it's woven together, you'll actually see the natural narratives that are there in a playoff series. We just kind of bring those to the light in terms of how it actually affects the outcome of plays and a series,” said Bryant.
Looking at film will be one of the aspects of the new program.
“Well, I'm just looking at it from the perspective if I was a player, right? If I was Harden in the series, I just played this game, I'm watching the film, what would I be looking at. It's basically me going back to my old ways of watching film, how I was breaking down series when I was playing. That's that,” Bryant said.
Bryant won an Oscar award for the short film Dear Basketball and described his new job in multimedia as his new passion.
“If that was my passion, to be able to sit at a studio desk, do that day in, day out, I would certainly do it. That's not my passion. My passion is writing, creating, putting beautiful stories together, weaving them in the form of a narrative,” said Bryant.
Bryant shared his experience during the Oscars sitting with the likes of Stephen Spielberg, Pete Docter, and Brad Bird.
“They say, Wow, I'm sitting here with Kobe. Are you sh*tting me? I'm sitting with Spielberg and Howard, sitting at Pixar talking with Pete Docter, Brad Bird. They're telling me how wonderful basketball is, how did you write this thing.
“I know they don't play around. If they don't like something, they are cut and dry, they'll tell you to your face the film was a piece of sh*t, here is why, here is how you can do it better,” said Bryant.