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Kobe Bryant Explains Why He Won't Buy The Los Angeles Clippers + His Meeting With Donald Sterling (VIDEO)

(AllHipHop News) Ten years ago, Kobe Bryant was dangerously close to leaving the Los Angeles Lakers and signing with a new team. Last night (May 9th), Bryant spoke to Jimmy Kimmel about how he almost played for the Los Angles Clippers, his meeting with Donald Sterling and why he won’t buy the team.

On Jimmy Kimmel Live, Bryant remarked that he would not be interested in purchasing the Los Angeles Clippers due to the fact that active NBA players can not own NBA teams. Bryant admitted to the biggest concern with Donald Sterling was if he was “willing to spend the money to have a successful team.”

Following news of Donald Sterling’s racist comments, Bryant remarked he “couldnt play for him” on his personal Twitter account. That statement is seemingly contradictory to his remarks that he “could see myself playing for the Clippers” back in 2004.

Bryant’s history with the Clippers extends further back than his 2004 free agency as Kobe worked out for the team prior to the 1996 NBA draft. According to Kobe during his AXS TV special “Kobe Up Close” last August, the Clippers had reservations with signing the basketball prodigy, even though they were impressed:

I had a great workout with the Clippers and they told me it was the best workout they had ever seen. So I said ‘are you gonna draft me?’ and they said no. I asked why and they said ‘We are looking to turn the franchise around and we don’t think the city of Los Angeles would get behind us drafting a 17 year old kid.’

Check out Kobe Bryant discuss potentially buying the Los Angeles Clippers and his meeting with Donald Sterling below:

  • Papi Peligro

    Man I’m old.

    • superh8

      Lmao

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  • John Q. Public

    Kobe don’t have the money to buy the clippers… plain and simple

    • i’mreloaded!

      Maybe 1% ownership, dat about it.

      • RapItUp

        lol 1% ownership? Come on.. the team is “supposedly” worth about $500 mil.. will be worth more after whatever outcome of the playoffs. you don’t think Kobe could swoop up more than 1% of that if he weren’t an active player? Y’all buggin..

      • they must have forgotten kobe contract and endorsements. sounds like when female try and talk about sports with their man and his friends…

      • RapItUp

        Kobe money is nice and fine, and I don’t think he and wife-y officially split yet? That nest egg is chillin right now, still.. Kobe know what he doing. lol

      • FYI kobe is worth over 200 million what have you fucks done today? laughing about 1%….you couldn’t afford to buy their stocks

      • John Q. Public

        u dick ridin real hard over there

      • lol…no forreasl tho, shut up hoe this is a comment section and i was dealing with some haters and i don’t feel like dealing with another….lucky you

      • Bumpy Johnson

        what does them affording stocks have to do with any of this…we talking about kobe here

      • i’mreloaded!

        Ain’t he though. Lol. Ol captain save a nigga over there.

      • i’mreloaded!

        Aaaawwwwww, did I hurt yo feelins? Quit countin other niggas money like some gold digging thot. Now grab your fake autographed Kobe basketball and put it in da bed wit u and take a nap bish.

    • Inmadopicouroz✓QUEENSᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

      true and it aint no hate either.

      • superh8

        If he were retired he could get the backing n funding 2 buy the team

  • Inmadopicouroz✓QUEENSᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

    damn every week its someone new going to “buy” the Clippers. Joe Budden next, or even worst Triniada James? Oh wait, Scarface! Oh Wait, Nas! QUEENS!

    • Executive

      Bushwick bill gonna buy them next week rumor has it.

      • Inmadopicouroz✓QUEENSᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

        LOL!

  • Most Black men fall flat when it comes to business…I bet Kobe don’t have a problem buying a liquor, chicken or clothing store. #justsaying

  • jubileeshine

    Black Thought of the Roots supports @rasjbaraka for Mayor. #VforVictory #RasUP!

    • Sean Taylor

      Oh shucks naw…if he’z doez it Iz should too??? Ok den, iz be a sheep…..

  • DLOUPO

    The main reason that kobe ain’t buying cause he can’t

    • You Got Me Hott Out Here!!

      exactly smh

    • Percyy II

      Wrong answer, Kobe is a legend a Icon, he may attract a lot of investor to invest on him, just like Jordan and the Air Jordan. I’am sure Jordan had not enough money to start his own company, but due to the shareholders now he own the brand name

      • gerald fucks yo mamma

        nike owns jordan which is a brand off nike… do you not notice nike logo on the bottom of the box… lol at first jordan signed and the 1st air jordans came out with the wings logo.. then the 3’s came out with the official jordan logo.. and then in 96 the jordan 12’s were the first official jordans off the jumpman brand.. which is branched off from nike…and now his contract is expiring and people have been saying he is not going to resign and he is going to do things on his own.. because he doesnt tlike the route nike was going or is going with his line.. but neways.. shhhh before correcting other people

      • Percyy II

        U are right, I know about this details, but in this way I had long way to explain. My concern was how Kobe not forgetting he’s a legend can have a basketball team even though he’s not rich enough!!!

      • Percyy II

        Sometimes isn’t all about owing the brand, it’s about passion and dedication to ur work, Jordan might not like the route of nike as u mentioned, but I think he’s not aware of the production, that’s why Nike will always use his name for profit, imagine Jordan is one of the most expensive sport brands, sometimes even more expensive than Nike. But until now Jordan isn’t a billionaire meanwhile Dr.Dre that on the other side have dedication to his work, he knows what’s is going on because he’s a producer and he knows all the details on the headphones he got as much money as Jordan, let’s not mention his shareholder with apple now ))

      • Calvin Wong

        Man Jordan makes 50 million$ every year for his damn brand for doing nothing….. lol

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  • Ryan

    Kobe has a lot of money not just from basketball but endorsements an shoes an what not he definitely can own a team.

  • captain obvious

    players cant own teams dumbfux

  • Kobe is all f*cked up on race relations.