Kobe Bryant Confirms that He Will Not Play in the BIG3
A bit of hype was created just a week ago about Kobe Bryant suiting up and getting back onto the basketball court.
As quickly as they were escalated, they were dissipated.
Kobe Bryant retired from the NBA in 2016 after a historic final game against the Utah Jazz. Since then, the Los Angeles Lakers legend has been firm on his stand to never play basketball again, citing other interests that allowed him to move on from the game.
“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.