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Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant, five-time NBA champion, wishes he could have suited up for the New York Knicks. 

Most teams hang banners for conference titles, championships, or jerseys they’re retiring. For the New York Knicks, this may be the most banner worthy moment they’ve had in the last decade (save for the 2012-13 season).

While discussing the release of his new book “The Wizenard,” Kobe Bryant dropped a huge tease for Knicks fans.

He told Frank Isola of The Atheltic that if he could have played for any other team, it would have been New York.

Oh, what could have been. Bryant resembles much of what is desired in Madison Square Garden. He’s an avid competitor, believes hard work is the answer to any dilemma, and above all else is a champion.

He netted five championships with the Los Angeles Lakers over a historic 20-year career and is an undeniable icon to the game of basketball.

Bryant retired in 2016, leaving behind career averages of 25 points 5.2 rebounds, and 4.7 assists per game. He was a four-time league MVP, and an 18-time NBA All-Star.

But While rumors of a trade request surfaced in and out of his tenure with Los Angeles, New York was never mentioned.

Bryant targeted Chicago as a potential destination back in 2004 before teammate Shaquille O’Neal was eventually dumped in Miami. But for now, we’ll take Kobe Bryant at his word.

In this day an age, it’s quite literally all Knickerbocker fans have. Well, that and the Zion Williamson highlights that no doubt saturate your web history.

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