Kobe Bryant is a Los Angeles Lakers legend and nothing will change that now that he’s retired. Past drama between Bryant and organization could have prevented it, however. NBC Sports reports Phil Jackson revealed Bryant demanded a trade in 1999 wanting more of an offensive role. The Detroit Pistons sent an interesting offer.
“Kobe was only averaging about 19 points per game. So Kobe called Jerry West and wanted to know how Jerry and Elgin Baylor both averaged 30 points. Kobe also said that he wanted to be traded. Of course, Jerry told me about the conversation. And, for a few minutes I thought about taking the Pistons up on an offer they made to trade Kobe for Grant Hill. Make that a few seconds.”
The idea of Kobe going to Detroit is weird to even think about. Bryant belonged in the purple and gold. Luckily, he was never traded.