"If you do the numbers and you look at the count, you'll probably see players who came out of high school that were much more successful on average than players who went to college for a year or two or however long," Bryant said. "It seems like the system really isn't teaching players anything, if you go to college. If you go to college, you play, you showcase, and you come to the pros. Well, that's always been the big argument, as a player you have to go to college, you have to develop your skills and so forth and so on, and then you come to the league.So, we kind of got sold on that dream a little bit.
"Fortunately, I didn't really listen much to it. Neither did KG. Neither did LeBron. I think that worked out pretty well for all three of us."
Bryant, still unable to play after suffering a knee fracture during his return from Achilles tendon surgery, added: "I'm always a firm believer in us being able to make our own decisions, especially as it pertains to going out and working and having a job."