Professional basketball player Kobe Bryant speaks onstage at the "Kobe Bryant's Muse" panel during the El Rey Network portion of the 2014 Summer Television Critics Association at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on July 18, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California.

Professional basketball player Kobe Bryant speaks onstage at the “Kobe Bryant’s Muse” panel during the El Rey Network portion of the 2014 Summer Television Critics Association at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on July 18, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California.

*In the summer of 2014, more than a year before officially announcing his retirement from professional basketball, Kobe Bryant spoke at length about his post-NBA game plan.

“When I was 22 and I started kind of looking at what life is going to be like after basketball, I said I’ve got to find my passion and something that I can really do,” the Los Angeles Lakers star told reporters at the Television Critics Association press tour.

As the executive producer and subject of the Showtime documentary “Kobe Bryant’s Muse,” the athlete made himself available at a TCA panel for the film, and was uncharacteristically candid in sharing his thoughts about life after basketball.

“So 22 to the age of 35, it was just years and years of searching and trying to figure out what do I want to do,” said Bryant. “I enjoy writing spots. Do I want to write commercials? Nah. It’s cool, but it’s not my passion and this, that. So you kind of look for it and look for it, and I just kind of set on the idea of what do you like to do? Well, I like to help people be great at what they do. You know, how are you going to turn that into a business? I don’t know, but that’s what I love to do, so let’s just do that.”

Below, Kobe was asked what goes through his mind when he sees that the finish line for his NBA career is not that far away.