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Kobe Bryant says there's 'zero percent chance' he'll come out of retirement

LeBron James' decision to move to Los Angeles this offseason won't be enough to drag Kobe Bryant out of retirement.

In fact, it doesn't sound like there's anything that will convince the Black Mamba to put on a Lakers uniform again.

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While speaking on The Rich Eisen Show this week, Kobe laughed off the possibility of him taking a page out of Michael Jordan's book by returning to the NBA. He says he didn't think once about coming out of retirement last season and that he's focused on proving that he's far more than just a basketball player.

"There's about a zero percent chance that I come back to play," Bryant said. "Done. That's it."

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Kobe never made it seem as if a return was possible in the first place, but Shaquille O'Neal and Matt Barnes fueled speculation in interviews with TMZ this summer, with O'Neal jokingly telling the publication that Kobe's "coming back" and Barnes saying it would be "dope" seeing his former teammate back on the court.

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Kobe played in 66 games in his final season with the Lakers and averaged 17.6 points per contest. He saved his best performance for last, scoring 60 points against the Utah Jazz in his career finale.

Kobe retired as the franchise's all-time leader in points, steals, games played, minutes played and much more.

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