Bean will have a ton of options this April when the Los Angeles Lakers' season is over, even joining someone’s network to report on and analyze the NBA Playoffs.

Kobe Bryant has his venture with The Players' Tribune, Nike and BodyARMOR, but with coaching out the question and ownership years away, would Kobe be interested in joining Turner’s "Inside The NBA" crew?

Bryant and TNT’s Ernie Johnson joked about something that seemed serious:


Kobe would be a natural on the set. He’s a basketball junkie, but lacks the comical personality that some of the other guys bring.

His basketball IQ is off the charts, so those arguments between Mamba, Kenny Smith and Charles Barkley over match-ups would be incredible.

Bryant would bring balance to the panel, but could he last as a teammate with Shaq again? I think it would be awkward at first, but they can seal the deal on the best pregame and postgame NBA coverage around.

By Glenn Erby

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