Bryant, the NBA's Most Valuable Player this season, has been outstanding as he helps the LA Lakers close in on what would be their fourth championship since 2000.
Beckham has been a regular at Lakers games recently and - along with wife Victoria and their three sons - has become close friends with Bryant, 29, and his family.
Bryant told The Sun: "He is a good friend of mine. We shoot the breeze about everything - sport, kids, life. He's just a wonderful guy and they're a wonderful family.
"He can definitely help soccer become established here. He has already had a huge impact.
"It just takes a little time. It is similar to how basketball was overseas 20 years ago.
"But people started participating, picked up basketball and it is now a totally global game.
"Soccer is no different but David is already playing to big crowds everywhere."
The 6ft 6in Laker is a big soccer fan after growing up in Italy, where his father âJellybean' was a professional basketball player. and played soccer from the age of five until he returned to the US in his teens.
Bryant admits he would have tried to become a pro footballer if he had stayed in Europe and would now love to pick up some tips from Becks!
The hoops hero added: "I played soccer all the time in Italy, you almost have to when you're there.
"Once I came back to the States, it obviously wasn't as popular. But soccer definitely helped my basketball - the footwork, the foot speed, just the rhythm of the game.
"I picked up a lot of things from soccer. I like to keep in touch with the game now but it's tough to follow it, especially because of our play-offs.
"I've not had a chance to play soccer with David yet but, sure, one day I'd love to kick a ball around with him - and maybe get him on a basketball court!"