Sadly, it looks like we only have around 30 more games we can see Kobe Bryant play in before his retirement.
While we are sad to see him go, his decision to retire at the end of the season has taken pressure off his teammates, Kobe and the press. Questions have been asked and answered openly by "The Mamba."
Today's latest inquiry was focused on Kobe's potential move to Chicago and the "what-ifs" that many fans have across the globe. Bryant had opportunities to join the Bulls during free agency in 2004 and was linked to them again during the summer of 2007, when he demanded a trade from the Lakers.
While many thought the legacy of Micheal Jordan played a factor in choosing to avoid the Windy City, Kobe said that was far from the case.
Bryant, speaking Sunday before his final game in Chicago, said it wasn't the pressure of living up to Michael Jordan's legacy that ultimately turned the tide against his joining the Bulls.
"My wife and I were actually planning travel arrangements to come out to Chicago and look at some homes and schools and things like that," Bryant said before the Lakers' 126-115 loss. "Then once [Shaquille O'Neal] demanded a trade, it was like, 'There's no way they're going to trade me anywhere.' The sign-and-trade option just pretty much went off the table. "
"Do I seem like the type to cower to something like that?" Bryant asked. "C'mon, man. No."
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