Kobe Bryant Debuts New Children’s Book Series ‘The Wizenard’

Kobe Bryant might be busier now than he was during his 20 years as one of the greatest players in NBA history for the Los Angeles Lakers. In addition to winning an Academy Award, co-authoring a New York Times bestseller with Hall of Fame photographer Andrew Bernstein, investing in tech companies, directing commercials for BodyArmor and coaching his daughters’ basketball teams, the Black Mamba is now a bona fide publisher with the release of The Wizenard Series: Training Camp.

On Tuesday, Kobe celebrated the release of the first installment of the young adult sports fantasy series he created with a promotional event at the NBA 5th Avenue Store in New York City. The man who founded Granity Studios, which is the publisher behind The Wizenard Series, was joined on a panel by NBA legend Nate “Tiny” Archibald, former Chicago Bulls and Minnesota Timberwolves head coach Tom Thibodeau and The Athletic’s Frank Isola.

Together, they discussed the story, written by Wesley King, in front of kids from the Business of Sports School, Dual Language Middle School, NYC School via Playworks and the Northeast Regional Boys Championship Team from the 2018 Jr. NBA Global Championship.

The Wizenard Series tells the story of the West Bottom Badgers, a struggling boys' basketball team from the inner city whose fortune is forever altered with mysterious powers bestowed on the players by their new coach, Rolabi Wizenard. This will be the first of five Young Adult and Middle Grade novels to be published by Granity Studios across 2019 and 2020.


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.