Amid a summer of, umm, stasis for the Los Angeles Lakers, Kobe Bryant has been the only member of the franchise making news. Bryant, who turns 36 this year and is facing what are likely the last two years of his NBA career, made the press rounds to promote the Showtime documentary "Kobe Bryant's Muse" and offered that he's worried about what comes next.
"I'm afraid, too,'' Bryant told TV critics. "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 film airs next November and reportedly follows Bryant through last season's 27-55 campaign, during which Mamba played only six games thanks to injuries to his achilles and knee. Since the season ended, the Lakers have lost out in the Carmelo Anthony and LeBron James sweepstakes, let Pau Gasol walk and have continued to search for a head coach to replace Mike D'Antoni. Though Bryant called a press conference earlier in the month to lobby for Byron Scott's hire, the team has only offered that they expect to tab someone within the next week or two.