How Kobe Bryant Helped Religion of Sports Cofounder Gotham Chopra Discover His Passion

Office With a View: The basketball icon taught the filmmaker and TV producer about the importance of “putting in the work”

Religion of Sports co-founder Gotham Chopra (Religion of Sports/TheWrap)

As a first-generation American born and raised in New England, Gotham Chopra was always obsessed with two things: storytelling and sports.

“For me, sports in Boston was just an obsession. It was a way of becoming American,” the Religion of Sports cofounder told TheWrap for this week’s Office With a View. “As I grew up, I was just one of those kids who loved stories, who got obsessed with cameras and I was a writer by background.” (It probably didn’t hurt that his father is noted author Deepak Chopra.)

Chopra’s first job out of college was a Channel One reporter covering international conflict, which allowed him to travel to Chechnya, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Colombia, Iran and Iraq.