Since retiring back in 2016, Kobe Bryant has made the occasional appearance and the following remains the same. And like most NBA stars who decided to hang their sneakers, the five-time NBA champion has been busy with post-basketball business as well as the entertainment world. Among the ventures, he has been into include Kobe Inc., Bryant-Stibel and penning books. Now, it looks like the Black Mamba has dipped his hands into something new.

In a report from TMZ Sports, Bryant will be releasing a new series of young adult novels soon. The first two will be released by his multimedia company, Granity Studios, in the next 12 months. The first one will be centered on female tennis prodigy out to save a magical kingdom titled "Legacy and the Queen." The second one is titled "Epoca: The Tree of Ecof," telling the tale of two kids from opposite sides of the track that form an unbreakable bond.

Both stories were created by Bryant himself. The first one will be written by squash player Annie Matthew and will be released in September. Most know how Kobe is into the movies and these novels are seen as something new. While his name will undoubtedly provide a big boost in terms of marketing, the success of these adult novels could very well push him toward the direction of J.K. Rowling (Joanne Rowling), best known for the Harry Potter fantasy series and one of the best-selling book series in history.

Folks who want to get a first-look from "Legacy and The Queen" can do so courtesy of this exclusive from provided by Granity Studios LLC.

As far as basketball is concerned, Bryant remains linked to it. His love for the sport remains and he would have gotten more accolades had injuries not piled up. However, he remains an influence to the only team he played for in his NBA career and reportedly gave Jeanie Buss some advice - particularly in retooling the franchise and landing LeBron James, Sam Amick of The Athletic reported.

From there, most know how Earvin "Magic" Johnson and Rob Pelinka got into the picture. There were mode developments after that (including the Anthony Davis drama). But when the smoke cleared, Davis is now a Laker and Pelinka is still around. Could Bryant still be guiding his former agent to help the Lakers get back their glory days? That is a question worth thinking about.

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Kobe Bryant does not agree with the statements made by Kanye West regarding slavery. In this photo, the NBA star attends the Vanity Fair Oscar Party following the 90th Academy Awards at The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills, California, on March 4, 2018. Getty Images/Jean-Baptiste Lacroix