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This upcoming NBA season will be a huge one for Kobe Bryant's legacy, as this year presents, probably, his best shot at winning ring number six to match his idol -- and the man widely regarded as the greatest -- Michael Jordan.
But the 34-year-old megastar is also working on his other legacy -- the one outside the court.
Bryant has spent the past few months working to eradicate homelessness, along with his on-again, off-again wife, Vanessa.
"You have to do something that carries a little bit more weight to it, a little more significance, a little more purpose to it," Bryant told the Los Angeles Times last week at an event in Hollywood to plug his work to help the homeless in Los Angeles. "My career is winding down. At the end of my career, I don't want to look back and just say, 'Well, I had a successful career because I won so many championships and scored so many points.' There's something else that you have to do with that."
The project Bryant is championing is called "My Friend's Place", and it is basically a resource center in Hollywood that provides services to homeless youth between the ages of 12 an 25.
"My Friend's Place" served 1,741 homeless individuals last year by providing shelter, food, clothing, showers, transportation and other services. The Laker guard has supported the nonprofit organization for more than a year, saying he was drawn to the cause of eradicating homelessness because it is "kind of in the shadows" and something he could help publicize.
Bryant said kids touch his heart especially, because he has two of his own.