Kobe Bryant remained with the LA Lakers and never took a trip to the nearby Clippers, but it was apparently a real possibility.
Bryant was a man who thought out a lot of things. Even the colors he was wearing could mean something more. While speaking to the All The Smoke podcast, Lakers owner Jeanie Buss revealed how close Kobe actually came to leaving for the Clippers.
“[He gave] very subtle [hints]. He wore their colors, not a jersey, just the colors he was wearing that day. I can see he likes challenges, and that would’ve been a huge thing, a challenge. I think that [Bryant’s departure] was something that was very possible.”
The Clippers were rumored to be throwing everything into their offer for Kobe to sign with them. All of that effort didn’t get him to leave, but there was a serious possibility that he would take them up on that offer.