Kobe Bryant Says Warriors Jokingly Offered Him Spot On Roster
In the summer 2016, the Golden State Warriors formed the ultimate super team by signing free agent All-Star Kevin Durant, who has since helped them win back-to-back NBA titles while winning the Finals MVP in both series' against the Cavs.
But before the Warriors ever signed KD, Golden State's general manager Bob Myers "jokingly" made an fer to another All-Star player who was in the midst his retirement tour - Kobe Bryant.
During an appearance on the The HoopsHype Podcast with Alex Kennedy, the Black Mamba revealed that Myers jokingly fered him a spot on the roster for the following season during the 2016 All-Star Game.
"I've known Bob Myers, the general manager 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."
As we know, Kobe stuck with his retirement plans and rode f into the sunset after hanging 60 points against the Utah Jazz in his final game at Staples Center. He has since released a book, won a Sports Emmy and an Oscar, and partnered with ESPN for a show called "Detail."
Needless to say, things worked out well for both Bob Myers and Kobe Bryant after their conversation at the 2016 All-Star game.