Kobe Bryant’s former teammate Shaquille O’Neal recently sparked rumors that the Black Mamba was considering coming out of retirement to team up with LeBron James on the Los Angeles Lakers, telling TMZ, “Kobe coming back I heard. Kobe coming back, you heard it here first.” Shaq’s comments weren’t to be taken seriously but it definitely had some Lakers fans dreaming of the possibility of a Kobe x LeBron lineup.
Unfortunately, Kobe’s wife, Vanessa, shot down those rumors almost instantly. When asked by a fan on instagram, “Is Kobe comin back or not?” Vanessa responded, “Kobe will not be coming out of retirement to play again. He doesn’t want to play again and frankly we really enjoy spending time together as a family without the crazy game schedule interfering with birthdays, holidays and special events.”
Kobe, who has been busy with several off-court projects since retiring after the 2015-16 season, told ESPN’s