Obviously, Kobe Bryant never played college basketball. He went right into the NBA, where he enjoyed a legendary 20-year career with the Los Angeles Lakers.
Had he played at the college level, Bryant would have played for one of the sport’s most prominent coaches.
Bryant was recently interviewed on Alex Rodriguez’s new podcast “The Corp,” co-hosted by Barstool Sports personality Dan Katz.
Previously, Bryant had said that he would have attended Duke, though on occasion he has also said that he was UNC-bound if not for the NBA.
In this latest interview, Kobe Bryant revealed that he would have played for Coach K at Duke, but that Roy Williams was also incredibly persistent.
Williams was still at Kansas at the time, and would have added Bryant to one of his greatest teams ever, that already featured Paul Pierce and Raef LaFrentz.
Here’s what he told A-Rod and Katz, via 247Sports:
“Um, well here’s the story about that,” Bryant said. “Coach K kept recruiting me. He kept recruiting me. He didn’t just resign to the fact that I’m going to go pro. He was persistent about it. So at that moment in time, for me to make a decision and say, ‘OK, you know what? I’m not going to go pro,’ it would have been Duke because Coach K just kept on keeping on. Roy Williams did, too, when he was at Kansas.”
Bryant revealed that legendary UNC coach Dean Smith also recruited him, but told him that he didn’t want to “waste his time” given his immediate NBA potential. He also shot down the idea of playing for Bobby Knight at Indiana.
Kobe at Duke or with that crazy Kansas team would’ve been something, but I think things worked out pretty well for the Black Mamba.