Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant is set to open up a sports performance academy in L.A.
The five-time NBA champion has gotten into the business of working out with younger players in the summer, with Boston Celtics sophomore Jayson Tatum creeping under his wing ahead of the current season.
And he has now teamed up with the Sports Academy to form what will be the Mamba Academy, which will be based in Thousand Oaks, California.
The Mamba Sports Academy is a 100,000 square-foot facility in Thousand Oaks, which operates five basketball courts, five volleyball courts, two beach volleyball courts, a turf field, an esports training ground, batting cages, pitching mounds and a Gracie Barra jiu jitsu school. pic.twitter.com/maiLJjN7qH— Arash Markazi (@ArashMarkazi) December 3, 2018
The erstwhile star announced the partnership on Monday. And, according to ESPN writer Arash Markazi, the facility spans 100,000 square feet and has five basketball courts, five volleyball courts, two beach volleyball courts, a turf field, an eSports training ground, batting cages, pitching mounds and a Gracie Barra jiu-jitsu school.
“MAMBA Sports Academy is a natural expansion of my commitment to educating and empowering the next generation of kids through sports,” the former Lakers superstar said in a statement.
“We focus on offering a premium experience on proper training for young athletes, and infuse a little ‘Mamba Mentality’ into their programs.”
Per the release, the re-branding should be complete by January 2019. There could also be a second facility coming up somewhere around southern California. Of course, there's a very Mamba commercial to go with it all, and you could take a look below.
We train athletes the MAMBA way | Full Circle + Mamba Mentality pic.twitter.com/oY2Wp9uL7L— Mamba Sports Academy (@MambaSportsHQ) December 2, 2018
What This Means
Kobe insists there will be no NBA return for him, but he's looking to remain involved in basketball for as long as he can.
The 40-year-old will undoubtedly have a lasting effect on the game, and this venture could make it even stronger as a few young Mambas could find themselves in the NBA in the future.