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Report: Kobe Bryant Makes Donation to LeBron James’ I Promise School
- Updated: June 5, 2019
One of James’ past NBA contemporaries, former Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant, added his own touch by donating his own young adult book, The Wizenard Series: Training Camp, to the school.
Bigger than basketball
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) June 5, 2019
The book was the brainchild of Bryant, though it was actually written by Wesley King. It tells the basketball-themed story of a youth team that acquires a coach with magical powers, with one review calling it a mix of the Harry Potter series and the iconic basketball film “Hoosiers.”
In a Sports Illustrated article three months ago, Bryant acknowledged that the coach in the book is patterned primarily after his former Lakers coach, Phil Jackson. He also indicated that the 600-page book will be the first in a number of books his Granity Studios will publish by the end of next year.
Bryant won an Academy Award last year for an animated short that was based on a poem he had written, having made a smooth transition into areas other than basketball since his retirement in 2016.
Last year, James joined Bryant’s old team as a free agent, but struggled with injuries and was limited to playing in just 55 games as the Lakers missed the postseason.
However, the first year of James’ I Promise School was a success, with 240 third and fourth graders attending. By 2022, it’s expected to have students in grades one through eight.