Kobe Bryant Donates Books to Students at LeBron James’ I PROMISE School

Kobe Bryant wasn’t known as a passer during his soon-to-be Hall-of-Fame career in the NBA. But in his post-playing life as a media mogul and author, the Black Mamba gets credit for an assist to another Los Angeles Lakers luminary: LeBron James.

Kobe recently teamed up with the Lakers Youth Foundation to donate copies of the novel he created, The Wizenard Series: Training Day, to students at the I PROMISE School in Akron, Ohio, which LeBron helped to found last July.

The book, authored by Wesley King, is the first in a series of five centered on the West Bottom Badgers, a struggling inner-city basketball team led by a mystical coach named Rolabi Wizenard. The gift from Kobe comes as a fun reward for the 240 third- and fourth-graders in the inaugural class at the I PROMISE School, which supports some of the lowest-performing students in Akron Public Schools, along with their families.


Josh Martin is the Editorial Director of CloseUp360. He previously covered the NBA for Bleacher Report and USA Today Sports Media Group, and has written for Yahoo! Sports and Complex. He is also the co-host of the Hollywood Hoops podcast. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram.