Excited to see Kobe Bryant play in the Big3 league? Yeah, that’s not happening.
Jeff Kwatinetz, who co-founded the Big3 with Ice Cube, caused a stir Tuesday during the league’s weekly conference call when he said a “credible source” told him the Lakers legend could be joining the league next season. Kwatinetz’s announcement came with a huge caveat, however.
Here’s what Kwatinetz and Ice Cube said on the call (via Yahoo Sports’ Ben Rohrbach):
Ice Cube: “We have a list of people that we would love to see, I think the fans would love to see. The fans would love to see Kobe, Tim Duncan, Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce. Anybody who still has the passion to play.
“We don’t want you if you don’t have the passion to play. If Kobe doesn’t have the passion to play at this level, then it’s better for him to watch on TV. If he has the passion, then here we are.”
Kwatinetz: “I did hear from a credible source that Kobe is going to be playing next year. That’s something, but it may be nothing.”
Ice Cube: “That would be amazing.”
This latest rumor followed speculation earlier this month about Bryant coming out of retirement to play with LeBron James. Bryant’s wife, Vanessa, shut down that idea, saying Kobe “doesn’t want to play again.”
That should have been enough to cast plenty of doubt on Kwatinetz’s claim, but just in case . . .
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
Apologies to all of the Kobe fans out there, but the “Black Mamba” is enjoying retirement. Really, it’s nothing.