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Sport Kobe Bryant would not even return for a guaranteed title: 'I like my rings the hard way'

20:50  30 october  2019
20:50  30 october  2019 Source:   sports.yahoo.com

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“ I like my rings the hard way . I like to fight through them and earn them that way . I don’t like to jump into Would @ kobebryant return to the NBA if he were guaranteed a ring ? KOBE : No. I would like to know if Bryant thinks he and Shaquille O’Neal had a more difficult road to a championship than

Kobe Bryant might have played on several super teams throughout his career, but that doesn't mean the future Hall of Famer would ever join one himself. After calling it a career in 2016, the 41-year-old Bryant has been spending his retirement writing children's books, coaching his daughter's basketball team and giving his insights to the next generation of basketball stars. No no no," Bryant said. " I like my rings the hard way . I like fighting for them and earning them. I don't like jumping to the easier route, so I wouldn't take it."

Despite the addition of Anthony Davis to a LeBron James-led Los Angeles Lakers roster, Kobe Bryant reiterated his stance that there is a “zero percent” chance of him returning as a player at age 41 — with a new twist on his answer.

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“No, no, no,” the 2016 retiree and future Hall of Famer told Turner Sports broadcasters Candace Parker and Kristen Ledlow when asked on their podcast if he would return for a guaranteed sixth championship. “I like my rings the hard way. I like to fight through them and earn them that way. I don’t like to jump into the easy route, so I wouldn’t take it.”

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I like my rings the hard way . I like fighting through them and earning them that way . Bryant ’s comments could very well just be an indication of just how confident he is in his ability to still play at a high level despite being retired and that adding him to form an All-Star trio would only serve to secure an easy championship. Regardless, it is clear that the five-time champion has no regrets about how his illustrious career came to an end and he is perfectly content with watching the NBA continue to evolve.

Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant said Tuesday on the Ledlow & Parker podcast he would have no interest in coming out of retirement to join an NBA Would @ kobebryant return to the NBA if he were guaranteed a ring ? KOBE : No. I like my rings the hard way . I like to fight through them.

Six was always the driving force behind Bryant’s maniacal thirst for winning, because a sixth ring would equal his idol and mentor Michael Jordan. The Chicago Bulls legend never rode anyone’s coattails. Jordan was always the best player on a team that three-peat-ed twice in an eight-year period, and he took home Finals MVP honors each time.

Haters will remind us that Bryant only won Finals MVP on two of his five championship runs, and they might even say his first three rings came the easy way on Shaquille O’Neal’s back, but he was no doubt a vital piece to that three-peat.

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Kobe Bryant believes he is the key ingredient to a championship team. Why should he chase rings ? People should be flocking to play with the Lakers. This is his reasoning, a relentless undying self-belief. People that are that way can become really successful or homeless. Kobe isnt chasing rings becaue it is no longer plausible. His body is failing him and the organization got lazy, traded away all future picks for an aging Nash, and made virtually every wrong move toward the end of Kobe 's career if they intended to compete.

Kobe Bryant — Kobe Bryant ! — was gone. There was sadness and remembrance and everything else that comes with the sudden loss of a celebrity figure. Bryant was incredible but seen almost as too safe, too cautious. He desperately wanted to be Jordan, and everyone knew it. He released a rap album that was widely panned for being too radio-friendly and generic. Even his home life was seen as square; he proposed to girlfriend Vanessa Laine while she was still in high school — sans prenuptial agreement, which Bryant reportedly rejected because "he loved her too much" — and his parents

Entering his fourth season removed from the game, Bryant would be less integral to a team led by James and Davis in their primes, but a ring on this Lakers team would not come easy for Bryant. They are in desperate need of serviceable role players, and it would be quite a story if Bryant were capable of becoming one. Last we saw him, Bryant submitted one of the least efficient high-volume shooting seasons in NBA history, and returning to glory four years later would actually be a remarkable achievement, no matter how certain he may be that a LeBron-Kobe-AD trio would win a title.

“You could pick a team in L.A.,” Bryant said, “it seems like it would be the easier route.”

I would like to know if Bryant thinks he and Shaquille O’Neal had a more difficult road to a championship than the current star pairings on the Lakers or Clippers, or if he thinks his return makes it all the more easier, or if he just would discount the ring because he was playing third fiddle, but it is probably best not to dive too deep into his psyche, especially when this is all just a hypothetical. He has had no inclination of returning as a player, guarantee or not.

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Kobe Bryant isn't thinking about sitting out the remainder of the Lakers' season because of his knee injury. Josh Warrington's return to the ring after vacating his International Boxing Federation featherweight title ended in a brutal ninth round knockout for Mauricio Lara, the unranked 22-year-old Mexican, and will likely have serious consequences for the Leeds fighter's career. The move to vacate the belt in order to challenge the division's other world champions backfired horribly for a number of reasons, though the old adage that you should 'expect the unexpected' was in full flow at Wembley

Drop a like for more stories like this, and as Kobe would say I work hard so subscribe, otherwise Kobe might get a little personal. So the year is 1999, Kobe is 20 years old fresh off of his second season in the NBA, his first All-Star season in which he averaged 15.4 points a game coming off the bench. That’s when Kobe met Ruben Patterson. Ruben Patterson was a second round pick in the 1998 draft. The 23 year old, 6’ 5” shooting guard was looking for a place in the league. Lakers teammates described him as energetic and aggressive.

What you might whisper in Bryant’s ear if you really wanted to see him come back: Hey, Jordan came out of retirement after three seasons and averaged 20-plus points until after his 40th birthday. You really think you could do that?

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Ben Rohrbach is a staff writer for Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at rohrbach_ben@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @brohrbach

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