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Los Angeles Lakers Rumors: superstar guard Kobe Bryant is set to retire, creates Kobe-branded products in China

Kobe Bryant is still one of the most popular NBA players in the United States. He may not be the best anymore because of his age, millions anticipate him to play at the highest level in the upcoming NBA season.

“I try to strip it down to the simplest form. Either I like playing some more or I don’t. But I think that decision needs to be made after the season. It’s hard to make a decision like that before the season.” (via Yahoo! Sports)
While Bryant’s career in the NBA may end after this season, he has something different in his mind. As his popularity continues to grow in China, the Los Angeles Lakers superstar has started a new venture in which he will be able to create Kobe-branded products. Bryant was effective in providing analyis for the China-based online community Sina during the NBA Finals and he is moving in the right direction in terms of having a stronger foothold in the country.

Variety.com states:

Under the deal, Alibaba Group will release the L.A. Lakers shooting guard’s documentary, “Kobe Bryant’s Muse,” on Saturday, Aug. 8, exclusively through its Tmall Magic Box Internet set-top box (priced at 8 yuan, or about $1.30).

In addition, Alibaba Pictures will work with Bryant’s Kobe Inc. to create a series of Kobe-branded products. Those will be distributed via Alibaba’s retail platforms, including Taobao Marketplace and Tmall.com, which are accessed by over 350 million active buyers across China.

Finally, the pact calls for Alibaba and Sina to collaborate with Kobe Inc. to create a new social-media platform aimed at “connecting China’s young people directly to Kobe and his philosophies.” The two Chinese companies said the project with Bryant will be a model for other “Star, Media, Platform” properties they plan to launch together.

“I believe there is power in understanding the journey of others to help create your own,” Bryant said in a statement. “This narrative is an intimate look at who I am as a person, not what I am. My dream is that others are inspired by my personal story and create epic life stories of their own.”

Bryant is not only a basketball player but also a businessman. He will not lost his grip on basketball and he will always be part of the most dominant LA Lakers team.

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