Not too long ago, there was rumblings of a comeback from Kobe Bryant. Those rumors were unfounded, however, as his wife Vanessa Bryant put an end to all the talk of him returning to the NBA, with her explaining, "Kobe will not be coming out of retirement to play again." Now, Kobe has finally come out and given a resounding no himself.
Definitively shutting down any and all rumors of him returning to play basketball, he sat down for an interview on the Rich Eisen Show to reveal that he will "never come back to the game." He didn't mince his words during the interview, making sure everyone gets the idea. "I’m here to show people we (athletes) can do much more than that," he said.
Explaining why he doesn't plan on ever returning to basketball, he said, "When I retired, everybody was saying, 'He's too competitive. He's not going to know what to do with himself. He’s going to have to come back.’ I took that as a personal challenge of them thinking I’m this one-dimensional person. That all I know is to dribble the ball, shoot the ball, play basketball and compete at that level."