World Series of Poker invites Kobe Bryant as tribute to Jerry Buss

The World Series of Poker invited Kobe Bryant via Twitter to play in a tribute to the late Jerry Buss.

Poker misses Dr. Buss. Game. Class. We invite @kobebryant to play in tribute. #sharksvsmamba twitter.com/wsop/status/34…

— WSOP(@wsop) June 10, 2013

Bryant politely declined:

@wsop Thanks for the invite, means a lot. Doc says no go. I’ll be there in spirit, no bluff. Dr. Buss, best owner ever.

— Kobe Bryant (@kobebryant) June 10, 2013

Buss, who passed away Feb. 18, was an avid poker player and WSOP supporter.

Bryant is recovering from surgery to repair a torn Achilles tendon.

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