Kobe Bryant nearly had a career in broadcasting.
According to Charles Barkley, who recently appeared on “The Draymond Green Show” podcast, the late Los Angeles Lakers star had actually signed a deal to join the “NBA on TNT” crew following his retirement in 2016 before eventually backing out.
Barkley said that Bryant decided he was no longer interested upon learning of the additional PR requirements, such as interviews, etc. throughout the week, and pulled out from the job.
“We actually hired Kobe Bryant…but he didn’t want to do all the bulls—t,” Barkley said. “…He actually signed with us. But we started telling him, we have to do a bunch of radio shows…He’s like, ‘Yeah, I don’t want to do all that stuff.’ We tell him you have to promote the show, Kobe.”
Watching Bryant, one of the greatest players and champions in NBA history, break down and analyze the game would have certainly been a delight for many fans.
It also would have reunited him with his former Lakers teammate, Shaquille O’Neal, which would have also made for some good television.
Ultimately, he just didn’t want all the extra work that came with being part of the “NBA on TNT” crew.
“We were excited, then [former president of Turner David Levy] called me back 10 days later like, ‘Kobe’s not gonna come.’ And we were like, ’why?’ Because he don’t wanna do all the PR stuff. He don’t. wann go on radio shows and talk about basketball. I’m like, ‘well that’s part of the gig. … that’s part of promoting the show.’ It’s funny, though, he didn’t want to do all that and he never came work for us.”