Prior to his death, Kobe Bryant and author Paulo Coelho worked on releasing a children’s book in the future. But now, Coelho doesn’t see a reason to work on it anymore.
The Brazilian author, best known for his novel, The Alchemist, scrapped the project and deleted the draft of the book he and Bryant were working on. Following the helicopter crash that took the lives of nine people, including Bryant and his daughter, Gianna, Coelho said the book has “lost its reason” for coming to fruition.
Bryant was a longtime fan of The Alchemist, recommending the book to many within the NBA over the last few years. In 2019—as seen in the tweet above—Bryant messaged Coelho, suggesting that the two pair up to write a book together.
In an interview with the Associated Press, the author explained that deleting draft will not stop him from writing about Bryant in the future, but it “didn’t make any sense to publish [the book] without him.”
A multitude of Bryant’s fans commented under Coelho’s tweet, asking him to continue working on the book to honor the late basketball legend, especially for Bryant’s family.
“Please don’t delete it, Mr. Coelho,” said Twitter user @Lici_Wags.
“Mamba Mentality would say to persevere, to persist. Fight the good fight.” @JoeVengance gave Coelho a recommendation to “take the pain & use it for something beautiful.”
Kobe’s Unlimited Wishes to Children Everywhere
Throughout Kobe Bryant’s career, he served as a hero to so many people, especially children. Throughout his career, the legend granted over 200 Make-A-Wish requests and called it the highlight of his life.
In a 2016 video interview, Bryant described basketball as “something that w[ould] come and eventually go, [and] the beauty in that [wa]s trying to use that time to inspire others and provide some sort of escape for them.”
After leaving the court, Bryant both coached his daughter’s basketball team and worked more on what he loved: storytelling.
He and his company, Granity Studios, oversaw the release of three young adult novels: Epoca the Tree of Ecrof: Island of the Gods, Legacy and the Queen and The Wizenard Series: Training Camp.
His fourth book and second in the Wizenard book series, The Wizenard Series: Season One, is set to be released this March.
In addition to his novels, Bryant created The Punies, a kids podcast that tells the everyday tales of a group of neighborhood kids that play a number of sports. Bryant said that the stories told within the podcast can help teach kids “lessons without the parent feeling like they’re on top of the kid all the time saying the same old, same old.”
During his final sit-down interview with USA Today, Bryant explained how working with kids and furthering their future through storytelling meant so much to him.
“You got to do what you love to do. I love telling stories. I love inspiring kids or providing them with tools that are going to help them.”