Kobe Bryant spent much of his life obsessing over basketball, but now that he’s retired from the NBA, The Black Mamba says he does not miss the game.

Bryant, 38, says he’s at peace with his playing days coming to an end.

Kobe is busy promoting “Dear Basketball,” a six-minute short film that premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York this past weekend.

Per ABC:

“No, I don’t. It’s crazy,” the former Los Angeles Laker said on “Good Morning America.” “I started playing when I was 2. After playing for 20 years in the league, what I have now is — everything I’ve learned from the game, I carry with me to this day. The game has never truly left me. Physically, yes. But emotionally, and the things that I write, all stem from the game. So it’s still a part of me.”

 

Bryant, 38, said it was important for athletes to understand there will be an end to their career on the court.

 

“The other thing is that, for the athletes that come next, understand that there is a finale to it. And that’s OK,” he said.

 

“It’s very hard to let go of something that you’ve done for half your life. It’s kind of become who you are. But it’s a difference between doing what you do versus understanding that that is not who you are. Hopefully, other athletes can see that and understand that.”

On Sunday, Bryant was on hand at the premiere of his Dear Basketball film and held a Q+A following the screening. What ensued was peak Kobe as he discussed his final game and guarding Allen Iverson. Check out some of the best quotes via HBO’s Michael Gluckstadt:

 

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