Kobe Bryant’s children’s book co-author Paulo Coelho says he deleted the draft he was working on with the late NBA star because the project has “lost it’s reason.”
“Kobe was always very concerned about making a book that was a positive example for children, especially those coming from humble beginnings,”
Coelho announced the news via Twitter on Sunday:
“You were more than a great player, dear Kobe Bryant. I learned a lot by interacting with you. Will delete the draft right now, this book has lost its reason,” Coelho tweeted.
In an interview with the Huffington Post the author elaborated on his decision:
“it didn’t make any sense to publish without him. It wouldn’t add anything relevant to him or his family.”
Still, he doesn’t rule out future projects involving Bryant.
“That doesn’t stop me from writing someday about things I learned from Kobe and how much of a larger than life person he was,” Coelho said. “But the children’s book did not make sense anymore.”
The book’s goal was to inspire underprivileged children to overcome adversity through sports, Coelho shared with the publication. “Kobe was always very concerned about making a book that was a positive example for children, especially those coming from humble beginnings,” Coelho concluded.