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Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant has said time and again he is not returning to the NBA. He added he certainly won’t play in the BIG3, which has been calling his name.
Bryant recently turned 40-years old. He has stressed he can be comfortable living a life and pursuing interests outside of basketball.
But what a story it would make if he were to return, according to Shaquille O’Neal, Bryant’s former teammate (and sometimes adversary) with the Lakers.’
“He will never go to the Big 3 before he does the NBA. Everybody knows who Kobe is. You’re telling me Kobe can’t give somebody a nice 15-20 minutes a game?” O’Neal said on The Big Podcast with Shaq. “If you align all the dots and align all the moons and oceans … if he came back at 40 then the announcement would be the biggest sports announcement in history. The jersey thing would triple in one day. Everybody would be talking about it. He wouldn’t even need to play great, just come play 15-20 minutes a game as a Laker…
“If they happen to do well, it would probably be one of the greatest stories in NBA history. And Kobe likes stuff like that, that’s all I’m saying.”
Kobe? Back to LA? In uniform? He has promised it will never happen.
But Shaq and others, clearly, are allowed to dream.
Bryant spent 20 seasons in the NBA, all with the Lakers, before retiring at the end of the 2o17 season. The 6-foot-6 shooting guard compiled career averages of 25.0 points, 5.2 rebounds and 4.7 assists, and was long considered one of the league’s best wing defenders.