A lot of NBA players have a severe problem adjusting to life after basketball, which often leads to them getting bankrupt because their primary source of income is gone. There also problems with depression because they suddenly find themselves without a job. That is why it's encouraged they start a business or have a basketball-related job after their career is over. In a recent interview with CloseUp360, Kobe Bryant spoke about what is necessary for players to do before they even retire. According to Bryant, the sense of purpose and interest in other things apart from basketball is essential to make a smooth transition to life after NBA days are over.
Bryant, who successfully reinvented himself and is now involved with various businesses, thinks young players should search for their second career while still playing. Of course, the utmost importance is on the craft and being the best player you can be, but being curious and trying to find something you are passionate enough that you would consider doing.
"Balancing the craft, the game of basketball, which is the most important thing to you right now and your family. Also keeping an eye on what you want to do when you retire because it's hard if you retire, and then you decide you want to do that. That time is behind the eight ball a bit, and you will have one or two years of drifting in post-retirement, which is not healthy. I encourage them to focus and try to find different things while they're playing and see what they gravitate to the most and find the thing you love to do as much as you love playing basketball, and then you're set."