Ever since Kobe Bryant had announced that the 2015-2016 season of the NBA would be his swan song, there had been so many suggestions on how he would end his remarkable career.
From retiring as a Los Angeles Laker, to being part of the US National Team – another suggestion was opened and it said to follow the footsteps of his father, Joe “Jellybean” Bryant and retire in Italy for the Reggio Calabria basketball club.
It was the same basketball club that Joe Bryant played for back in Italy where Kobe spent most of his childhood and learned the game of basketball.
A letter from the Reggio Calabria team was published in TMZ Sports and it stated:
Dear child of Reggio Calabria, fantastic Kobe, on this most beautiful stretch of land that is full of affection for you we close our eyes and dream.
There will always be a home for you at this great club on the Straits of Messina. Our dream might be too big but maybe it is the same dream you unknowingly had as that 8-year-old boy in the picture.
We want you to come home, to wear our colours, to represent our city, just as your father did before you. There is a black and orange family waiting for you, with the same name on the back: “Bryant”
The letter reached Bryant and he was immediately asked by Mark Medina of the Los Angeles Daily News and his reply was simple.
“I would have loved to play overseas for a season,” Bryant said
“But it’s not going to happen. I wish I could. But my body won’t let me.”
Known as the “Black Mamba”, Kobe Bryant is currently averaging 16.3 points, 3.4 assists and 4.3 rebounds with shooting 33.9% from the field in the first 23 games of the 2015-2016 NBA season for the Los Angeles Lakers.