Years after his retirement, Kobe Bryant still has a fervent, die-hard fan base. He probably isn't heading back to the NBA, but fans may be able to see him back on the basketball court next summer.
Plenty have floated the possibility of Bryant playing in Ice Cube's BIG3 league in the future. The league, whose games are aired on FS1, has attracted some big-name former NBA stars to play in the league.
Stephen Jackson, one of the BIG3's more vibrant personalities, had quite the reaction when he was asked if Kobe Bryant could "handle the physicality" of the league.
The question actually got him out of his chair, and he went on to personally invite Kobe to play in the league.
Obviously, a Kobe Bryant BIG3 deal would be huge for the upstart summer league, and one of its co-founders stoked the rumor flames today.
Jeff Kwatinetz, co-founder of the league and long-time business partner of Ice Cube, discussed the possibility of Kobe playing in the league.
Brandon Robinson of Scoop B Radio was among the first to tweet about Kwatinetz's response, and got Kobe Bryant fans incredibly excited.
Based on subsequent reports from those on the conference call, it sounds like much more of a hypothetical than something actually on the brink of happening.
Kobe is hyper-competitive, and would be a massive draw for the league. However, it is very unclear how much he actually wants to go across the country playing in these games all summer.
The former Lakers star has his hands in a ton of different things, winning an Oscar for his animated short this year, and shooting his film breakdown series "Kobe Bryant Presents: Detail" for ESPN Plus. If he does play though, we'll probably have to tune in.
Update: So much for that.
That seems pretty definitive, coming from someone high up in Kobe's camp.