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Kobe Bryant ‘definitely’ not joining BIG3 League next season

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The former Lakers great will not be playing in the BIG 3 league next season.

Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

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.

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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Bob Garcia IV

Staff Writer at Sports Out West
Bob Garcia IV is a sports journalist from Southern California. He's currently the Los Angeles Lakers beat writer for Sports Out West. He is also currently covering the NBA and NFL for ClutchPoints. He was previously the beat writer for LA Rams Report for Scout.com, which is a website dedicated to covering the Rams. Lastly, he was a reporter for the award-winning newspaper, The Daily Sundial, at California State University, Northridge. You can follow him on Twitter, @BGarciaivsports.
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