Matt Barnes was teammates with Kobe Bryant on the Los Angeles Lakers for two seasons, and said he’d be all for “Black Mamba” coming out of retirement to play alongside LeBron James.
Speaking to TMZ Sports, Barnes stated, “I don’t know if it’ll happen; that’d be dope though.”
The possibility is indeed tantalizing. James just officially signed with the Lakers on Monday and has seen L.A. bring in veterans such as Lance Stephenson, JaVale McGee and Rajon Rondo since news surfaced that he’d join the team.
All those players have the ability to defend and bring a certain tenacity the Lakers have lacked really since the twilight of Bryant’s career.
There’s no questioning the ultra-competitiveness that propelled Bryant to five NBA championships, so he fits the bill in that regard.
Bryant is 39 years old, though, and suffered a torn Achilles toward the end of the 2012-13 campaign. He wasn’t the same in the three seasons to follow, so it’s a stretch to think he could mount a comeback after two full seasons away from the hardwood.