“I heard that: "Kobe's training like crazy." I'm sitting back with a margarita, what are you talking about. I don't know what kind of training you all talking about“ So it is clear, Kobe is not working his way back to shape to come play with LeBron. Gotta say that was one of the dumbest rumours of the summer. Not in sports, in general. Think about it for a second, why would he ever want to do that?
Bear in mind we are talking about Kobe here. The man was not known for sharing the ball or being second fiddle to anyone. Ever. To assume he would come out of retirement to play next to LeBron is ridiculous. The moment he retired we heard about all his projects and other interests so he is obviously not bored. The interview we are talking about happened on the Ellen Show. Ellen wanted to double check so she asked is there any chance he is coming back. Kobe made it abundantly clear “Nooo, God no, no, never, not a chance, zip, zero”. It is safe to assume he is not coming back.
He even said he doesn't play basketball anymore, his main connection to the game is coaching his 12-year-old daughter's team. In classic Kobe fashion, they have a two-hour practice every day. Some parents did wonder shouldn't the girls have a normal life. Kobe's response? “Well, that is kind'a normal to me”. Mamba mentality, still 100% intact.