Kobe Bryant Says Warriors Offered Him Spot on Team If He Un-retired
Kobe Bryant’s final season in the NBA was really just a farewell tour in every arena he traveled to, as he announced early in the 2015-16 campaign that he would be done playing professional ball for good.
The future hall of famer recently revealed during the The HoopsHype Podcast with Alex Kennedy that Golden State Warriors general manager Bob Myers somewhat jokingly told him that he would give him a roster spot for the following season during the All-Star Game in 2016:
“I’ve known Bob Myers, the general manager of the Warriors, forever. Like, I remember the day he was going to go take his bar exam! We used to hang out together all the time. At my last All-Star Game, we had a chance to catch up. We were staying in the same hotel and I had a chance to tell him congratulations on everything. Then, he said, ‘Hey listen, if there’s any chance you want to change your mind and come back and play another year, you can always come over here [to Golden State].’ But it’s all tongue-in-cheek, man.”
With the Warriors signing Kevin Durant and the rumored interest in New Orleans Pelicans big man Anthony Davis, no one could say for sure that Myers was actually joking about this.
The signing of Kevin Durant would shift the balance of power to the Dubs for the next two years as two championships would follow, with the Warriors completely dominating LeBron James and company during the 2017 and 2018 NBA Finals.