Kobe Bryant Says He's Chatted With Steven Spielberg, J.J. Abrams for Company Advice

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"I can pick up the phone and speak to them and ask them questions: 'What do you think about the story?'" said the former NBA player.

Now that Kobe Bryant has retired from the NBA, he has been in touch with some major Hollywood players as his career path refocuses to his publishing and production company. 

In a short interview with the Associated Press, Bryant revealed he recently talked to Hollywood directors Steven Spielberg, J.J. Abrams and producer Jerry Bruckheimer to better fashion some ideas he has for Kobe Inc.

Bryant admitted being able to call the men up whenever he wants is an "unfair advantage" he enjoys.

“I can pick up the phone and speak to them and ask them questions: ‘What do you think about the story? What is this missing?’ And they’ll nitpick every single detail and I love it," Bryant said. 

The 37-year-old Bryant retired after 20 seasons playing for the Los Angeles Lakers. His final game was April 13 against the Utah Jazz. 

“[Spielberg, Abrams and Bruckheimer] respect and appreciate what I’ve done for 20 years as I respect and appreciate what they’ve done over the years," Bryant said. "And we understand that there is a unifying force between those two things,” Bryant said. “Even though the disciplines are different, the commitment, attention to detail is absolutely the same. So even though Steven Spielberg can start speaking in film language and I won’t understand a damn thing, I understand the core, the essence of what he’s saying.”

Currently, Kobe Inc. is making a short feature based on the "Dear Basketball" poem Bryant wrote to announce his retirement. The project is led by longtime Disney animator Glen Keane and features music from John Williams, AP reported.