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Kobe Bryant Wanted To Retire Playing For The Philadelphia 76ers, Says NBA Insider

Thinking of Kobe Bryant wearing another jersey that isn’t purple and gold feels blasphemous. The legendary shooting guard spent his entire NBA career with the Los Angeles Lakers, becoming one of the greatest players in franchise history. 

Coming straight out of high school, Kobe had to earn his spot on the team, and after a couple of setbacks early in his career, he became one of the best players in the league, leading the Lakers to three consecutive titles alongside Shaquille O’Neal at the turn of the millennium. Kobe would win two more championships in Southern California, ending his career with five rings. 

His last days as a player were anything but sweet. The Lakers endured a rebuilding process during the last seasons Bryant spent there, with the guard working as a mentor for the younger guys. Kobe was close to leaving Los Angeles several times during his career. The Lakers reportedly had a deal done to swap Bryant and LeBron James. 

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