In the last couple of days, there has been some dialogue about the BIG3 League’s interest in possibly luring in former Los Angeles Lakers great Kobe Bryant.
This chatter caught storm with BIG3 League co-founder and Co-CEO Jeff Kwatinetz stating during a conference call on Tuesday that he heard from a credible source that Bryant could be playing in his league next year. However, this rumor has been shot down as Molly Carter, who is the chief marketing officer of Kobe Inc. has stated that the 39-year-old is not playing next year, according to Brian Mahoney of The Associated Press.
Forget that Kobe to the #BIG3 idea. Molly Carter, chief marketing officer of Kobe Inc., says he definitely is not playing next year.
— Brian Mahoney (@briancmahoney) August 21, 2018
This completely shut down any talk of Bryant having interest in making the move to the BIG3 like many of his former NBA peers have done. He has been quite involved with own company with various projects since his retirement from the league after 20 seasons. In the years that have followed, there hasn’t been any noise about him having any interest in continuing his basketball career in any capacity.
It was something that Bryant had continued to reiterate in his final season and has stayed the course each time he has been asked in an interview. All of this makes not surprising to hear that there is no validity to that chatter around any BIG 3 interest. However, this doesn’t mean that the league won’t continue to ask the future Hall of Famer down the line if he wants to join because there will always be a spot for him if he has any desire to make that move.
For the time being, this dialogue has quickly been shot down with there being no possibility that he will be on the court next summer. Simply put, it was a short-lived rumor that had plenty of buzz but never truly had any legs to it possibly coming to fruition.
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