As invinceable as the Warriors seem now, history has shown they’re not afraid to test the limits on how good they can become.
In the infamous summer of 2016, the Dubs changed NBA History forever by signing Kevin Durant, who is widely regarded as the second-best player in basketball. Since then, they’ve continued their trend of signing other valuable veteran player, even if none of the ones who came after were on the same scope as KD.
In a surprising new report, though, it’s revealed that the Dubs made another offer in the summer of 2016, one that would have forced a then retired NBA superstar to come back into the NBA landscape. Here’s what Kobe Bryant said during the The HoopsHype Podcast with Alex Kennedy:
“I’ve known Bob Myers, the general manager of the Warriors, forever. Like, I remember the day he was going to go take his bar exam! We used to hang out together all the time. At my last All-Star Game, we had a chance to catch up. We were staying in the same hotel and I had a chance to tell him congratulations on everything. Then, he said, ‘Hey listen, if there’s any chance you want to change your mind and come back and play another year, you can always come over here [to Golden State].’ But it’s all tongue-in-cheek, man.”
Obviously, Kobe never ended up coming back from retirement to make this a reality… but what if it had been? The Mamba likely would have given the Warriors yet another offensive weapon (and some additional veteran leadership in the locker room), while likely winning his sixth Championship.
It would have been quite the story, and Kobe would have been torched by the community.
For the Warriors, they’ve had a knakc for doing these kind of things, so recruiting Kobe (even though it was “technically” a joke) isn’t really all that shocking. Still, the Laker legend managed to resist the Warriors’ lure… which can’t easy for any NBA star looking to win in glorious fahsion.