Kobe Bryant speaks about nearly joining the Chicago Bulls

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Kobe Bryant played his last ever game in Chicago against the Bulls on Sunday night, as the Lakers went down 126-115. 

Things could have been so different, however, if Kobe had actually joined the Bulls earlier in his career, when it was conceivable that the Black Mamba could play in a colour other than they gold and purple of the Lakers. 

Speaking to the media ahead of the last night's game, Bryant said he "very much so" thought he had a chance of joining the Bulls in 2004.

"My wife and I were actually planning travel arrangements to come out to Chicago and look at some homes and schools and things like that," Bryant said before the 126-115 loss, via ESPN.

"Then once [Shaquille O'Neal] demanded a trade, it was like, 'There's no way they're going to trade me anywhere.' The sign-and-trade option just pretty much went off the table."

It would have been very interesting to see Kobe in Chicago, if he could could deal with the pressure of being the new Michael Jordan. Kobe wasn't worried about any pressure though, instead insisting that it would be a case of carrying on MJ's legacy.

"So if I was fortunate enough to come here, if that trade had happened and I'd be here, it's not a pressure situation to live up to what he's done. It's more, can I carry on this man's legacy?"

Bryant added: "Can I do it justice? Can I represent Chicago the way that it should be represented in his honor? Just a tremendous, tremendous amount of influence."

Kobe essentially was Michael Jordan for a later generation. He was that dominant, calculating, cold-blooded and ruthless like Jordan was. Seeing Kobe in his prime, there is no doubt that he would have won Championships in Chicago just like he did for the Lakers.

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