During a recent episode of The Big Podcast with Shaq, a discussion about the BIG3’s active recruitment of Bryant led to O’Neal floating the possibility of Kobe’s return to the NBA over the BIG3.

Shaq said:

“He will never go to the BIG3 before he does the NBA. I’m just saying … Listen, everybody knows who Kobe is. You mean to tell me Kobe can’t give somebody a nice 15-20 minutes a game? That’s all … If he came back at 40, the announcement would be the biggest sports announcement in history … He don’t even have to play great. Just come play 15-20 minutes a game as a Laker. And if they happen to do well, it would probably be one of the greatest stories in NBA history. Kobe likes stuff like that, that’s all I’m saying.”

We know Kobe would need to get approval from his wife first, which probably won’t happen. She’s ready for Kobe not to go on road trips, especially road trips to play the Nuggets.