The report went viral on social media, with fans who sought confirmation from both Cube and Bryant to no avail. BIG3's PR companies gave audio from the conference call to Yahoo Sports with a clarification. While Kwatinetz "did not say it happened," he noted that "he heard it from a credible source".
Here are the answers from Cube and Kwatinetz to a question about Bryant's BIG3 interest:
Cube: "We have a list of people we would love to see, I think the fans would love to see The fans would like to see Kobe, Tim Duncan, Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce. Someone still has a passion to play. We do not want you if you do not have a passion to play. If Kobe does not have a passion to play on this the level is better for him to watch tv. If he has a passion, then we are here. "
Kwatinetz: " I heard from a credible source that Kobe will play next year. It's something but There can not be anything. "
Cube: " It would be great. "
It is far from Bryant. This may be the first time in sports history that a league has quoted an anonymous source to tell reporters that a legendary athlete can get out of retirement. Or maybe not. "There can not be anything", it's not just Kobe who faxes BIG3 to say "I'm back."
Within a couple of hours in this report, Kobe Inc. Marketing Manager Molly Carter lost hope of seeing Bryant in a ball Hog's uniform next year, according to Associated Press Brian Mahoney.
Forget the Kobe to the idea # BIG3 . Molly Carter, Chief Marketing Manager of Kobe Inc., says he definitely will not play next year.
– Brian Mahoney (@briancmahoney) August 21, 2018
You would think that the league owner would be the first to know if Bryant joined his league because it would be a massive blessing for the prominent 3-on-3 professional basketball show.
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Do you have any interest in playing in the Ice Cube BIG3 league at some time?
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Recently asked by a reporter that "Bryant could handle this league when it was more physical inside," says BIG3 player Stephen Jackson, "Kobe can play in any league. What league. Kobe, listen now. Do you want me to beat him for you? Could you please come to this league? We need you. "
There is something, but it can not be anything. Yes, that's nothing.
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