After two consecutive season-ending injuries, Los Angeles Lakers’ superstar Kobe Bryant had an opportunity to think about his life after basketball. With likely two seasons left in his future Hall-of-Fame career, the five-time champion established his own company, Kobe Inc. earlier this year.
With BODYARMOR being his first major investment, Kobe Inc. will be based in Newport Beach after the City Council approved the sale of a city-owned property on Tuesday according to the Los Angeles Times’ Emily Foxhall:
Council members authorized the sale Tuesday of a city-owned property in Newport Beach to Kobe Inc. for use as its headquarters.
The roughly one-acre site, at 1499 Monrovia Ave., includes a 16,550-square-foot office building, where Road and Track Magazine used to operate.
With his company located in the city he has called home for 18 years, Kobe Inc. president Andrea Fairchild says the building will be refurbished and remodeled and expects to support physical health and wellness:
The office building will be refurbished and remodeled, said Kobe Inc. President Andrea Fairchild, who now also lives in Newport Beach.
In addition to its business operations, the company expects to support physical health and wellness in the community, Fairchild said.
While Bryant has shared that he calls Oprah and Arianna Huffington for inspiration, all the focus for him right now is on the basketball court. With the five-time champion turning 36 in August, the final two seasons are perhaps his greatest challenge as he tries to win another ring while showing that he remains one of the best players in the league.
For the Lakers, they were unable to land LeBron James or Carmelo Anthony to help Bryant this summer. However, Kobe has said on numerous occasions that he is content with the effort the front office made as they moved on to Plan B which included trading for Jeremy Lin and being awarded Carlos Boozer on a partial waiver claim.
Kobe Bryant’s message to Jeremy Lin