*Yikes, is it too soon for Kobe to be dating so publically?

Since the announcement was made that Kobe Bryant and his wife of 10 years are officially breaking up, from the outside,  it looks like Sanaa Lathan might be  trying to get a little cozy with the NBA star.

According to the New York Daily News, the actress made a deliberate move to get up, close and personal with Kobe last week at the “Watch the Throne” concert at Staples Center in LA. (See the photo above.)

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Sources say she came in with her friend who was paired up with Matt Barnes. Both Sanaa and Kobe sat in pretty close range of each other on a couch in the VIP section of the audience. She was seen whispering in his ear and affectionately stroking his face.

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Despite the flirtatious attention, the athlete seemed down and moody the whole night, understandably.

But the actress denies trying to get close with the man.

Can a girl have some fun at a jayz/kanye concert w/out being linked 2 a breakup? I AM NOT, NEVER HAVE BEEN, INVLOVED W/KOBE IN ANY WAY,” she tweeted Monday morning.

As we all know, Vanessa Bryant filed for divorce, citing “irreconcilable differences” in court documents. She’s currently seeking full custody of their girl and spousal support. A settlement may be reached some time next year.

photo: TheYBF.com