“There’s about a zero percent chance that I come back and play,” Bryant stated on the Rich Eisen show. “Nothing (makes a zero with his fingers). Done, that’s it.”

To add to that emphatic statement, The Black Mamba added that he does not miss playing the game either.


”Never (have I missed it). Never. Here’s the thing: For us athletes, it’s really hard to transition from that. I was really personal about it when I wrote ‘Dear Basketball,’ but that is the true challenge: Finding what comes next, and finding something you love to do every bit as much as you loved your first passion. That is a challenge for us, and I think unfortunately for us athletes, we’ve been pigeonholed into thinking that we can only be one thing.”

And with that, any hope of NBA fans seeing Kobe back on the court should be put to rest.