There are several reasons why Kobe Bryant has not considered returning to the NBA since his retirement in 2016, and the future Hall of Fame insists that it’s not not envious that the Los Angeles Lakers seem ready to win a title. run without him. In fact, he considers that the talent on the current list is a deterrent.
During an appearance on the “Ledlow & Parker” podcast with Kristen Ledlow and Candace Parker this week, he was asked Kobe about whether he would consider retiring when he had the 100% guarantee to win his sixth title of NBA champion. He responded with a categorical “no”, saying that he liked winning his rings “the hard way”.
Would @kobebryant come back to the NBA if he had the guarantee of a ring?
KOBE: No. No. No. I like my rings the hard way. I like to beat me through them. I do not like to jump in the easy way. ”
(via @KristenLedlow & @Candace_Parker Podcast) pic.twitter.com/VrTk5KoKCB
– Ballislife.com (@Ballislife) October 30, 2019
“I like to fight through them and win them as well,” Bryant said. “I do not like, you know, jump in the easy way, so I would not take it.”
Kobe then stated that he thought that choosing one or the other team in Los Angeles would be the “easy way” after the adverse reasons for the Lakers and Clippers. Of course, critics will point out that Kobe has won three of his championships with Shaquille O ‘Neal, and some might think that an easier route than the one that other champions had to take.
Be that as it may, it is not surprising that one does not want to join an already established team. Not so long ago, Shaq made similar comments, and both players are proud of the fact that their championships have been helped by construction rather than maintenance. LeBron probably does not care what people say as long as he wins another ring.