Is Kobe Returning to the Court?

Former Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant watches from the stands during the first half in the semifinals of the women's NCAA Final Four college basketball tournament game between Connecticut and Notre Dame, Friday, March 30, 2018, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Ron Schwane)

Former Los Angeles Lakers’ Kobe Bryant watches from the stands during the first half in the semifinals of the women’s NCAA Final Four college basketball tournament game between Connecticut and Notre Dame, Friday, March 30, 2018, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Ron Schwane)

Big3 co-founder Jeff Kwatinetz stirred up the rumor mill this week after saying that he heard “from a credible source that Kobe is going to be playing next year,” during a call with reporters. As it turns out, Kobe won’t be playing for the Big3 anytime soon, which was confirmed by Molly Carter, chief marketing officer of Kobe Inc., who told TMZ, “Not true. 100 percent not happening.”

Ice Cube commented on his hopes to see Kobe play again, telling reporters on Tuesday, “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.”

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