Kobe Bryant reveals how he was jokingly offered a chance to join the Warriors after retiring

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When the Golden State Warriors pulled off the huge coup of landing Kevin Durant in free agency in 2016, they knew they could create a dynasty and truly dominate the NBA. 

Two years on from that major free agent signing, the Dubs are fresh off celebrating back-to-back championships. 

The Bay Area franchise swept the Cleveland Cavaliers in this year's Finals and it's going to take something special to knock them off. 

The Warriors always had a plan of trying to lure KD to Oakland and were always prepared to make it happen if there was ever a possibility of him joining. 

But in that summer, general manager Bob Myers also had an ambitious hope of bringing another big name to the Warriors. 

Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant announced that he was retiring at the end of the 2015-16 season but Myers offered him a spot on the roster if he was willing to overturn his decision and keep playing. 

Bryant made the revelation on during a recent appearance on The HoopsHype podcast with Alex Kennedy but admitted that it was done jokingly. 

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"At my last All-Star Game (2016), we had a chance to catch up. We were staying in the same hotel and I had a chance to tell him congratulations on everything," said Bryant of his interaction with Myers.

"Then, he said, 'Hey listen, if there's any chance you want to change your mind and come back and play another year, you can always come over here (to Golden State).' But it's all tongue-in-cheek, man."

Chasing the GOAT

Taking the Golden State GM up on this 'offer' may have offered Kobe a chance to match Michael Jordan's six championships and potentially surpass that mark. 

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But the Black Mamba was content with his five rings and never had any intention of representing another franchise other than the Lakers. 

He retired on his terms and completed a glittering 20-year career in L.A. where he accomplished almost everything. 

The legendary shooting guard had worn his body down and knew that it was time to bring his incredible career to an end at the age of 36. 

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The 18-time All-Star bowed out with a historic 60-point performance against the Utah Jazz and will go down as one of the greatest players to ever play the game. 

He could easily have chased more rings with the Warriors but he has more pride than to easily piggyback on the success of another team. 

Instead, we get to remember Kobe as a winner in his own right and a future Hall of Famer. 

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