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After all the anger and angst and fury of the immediate post-Shaq era had inspired Kobe Bryant to make a trade demand, Jerry Buss finally called his superstar guard to the owner's home in the Los Angeles hills on an autumn evening in 2007.
The Los Angeles Lakers had found a trade for Bryant, but Buss warned him that it wasn't to one of his selected destinations.
"Detroit," Buss said.
The Lakers had agreed to a deal to send Bryant to the Pistons and needed Bryant's approval to waive his no-trade clause. The package included a combination of Detroit's core players and draft picks, sources say. Buss and Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak needed an answer soon, because they refused to let the issue linger into training camp.
From Yahoo! Sports: Jerry Buss always did whatever possible to keep the Lakers contending for championships. With Buss' death, the franchise now faces an uncertain future.
Joe D tried
4 states of being in the cannabis society ------------
Which one are you??
This is what makes him better than LeBron. He remained loyal to his team despite being unhappy and still won big.
This just makes me want the Pistons to land a marquee guy even more.
makes him a better.....person? Is that even up for debate?
Everyone who makes this joke of an argument chooses to overlook a major factor....LeBron left CLEVELAND, Kobe chose to stay in LOS ANGELES.
Do you really think if Kobe was in Cleveland he wouldn't have bolted for a major market? If you think that's the case, I'm sorry, but you just being a flat-out MORAN. I seem to recall Kobe forcing a trade on draft night because he refused to play in Charlotte.....but yeah, let's overlook that b/c we don't like LeBron.....
Neither are great people really. But Kobe won with what he had and didn't have to run away to some other team. No matter what LeBron does, he is always going to be seen as someone who had to leave to win so many of us will always have him below the Jordans and Kobes of the world.
I recall tritongreen posted that kobe was detroit bound...the trade was set to go.
Oh what might have been. 2007 would've been the year Lebron destroyed Detroit so Joe D did attempt to blow things up like many of us wanted.
Remember that time he allegedly raped a chick? Me neither.
..........and the Isiahs.
This post was edited by bozorules 14 months ago
Truth. Detroit had no titles before Zeke and he could have easily went somewhere else to win. But he took a team in a non-glamorous market and made them winners. Guys like Zeke deserve more respect than LeBron.
Based on the salaries from the era (and perceived value), my guess is that the trade in question would've been Kobe for Tayshaun and Rip or Chauncey. I doubt Dumars would've gone with 2 shooting guards so that leaves Rip.
Yeah, my outrage dissipated when the panties she wore had semen on them that belonged to 2 other men and there was no DNA evidence from Kobe.
Meh, with Kobe, I feel like there would have been lockerroom issues, a playoff drought, and a few coaching changes.
No kidding. Kobe would've been a boy scout compared to Rip's behavior between 2007 and 2010.
It was all good until Kobe wanted to finish on her face.
His wife's outrage dissipated when he bought her a big ass diamond ring.
I remember hearing it was Tayshaun and Rip.
Also, Dumars passed on a Rondo + Allen for Stuckey, Prince, and Rip deal a couple of years later.
Tayshaun and Rip for Kobe would have been the most lopsided deal in the history of sports
The unquestioned best player in the league for 2 shitty players and draft picks? Buss must have known Kobe would turn that down.
Shaq went for a similar package from LA to Miami. Caron Butler, Lamar Odom, Brian Grant, and Draft Picks. At the time, Prince and Rip had higher value than Butler/ Odom.
By "What he had" do you mean "Shaq, Horry, Fisher, Gasol, Bynum, Artest, and several others who were superior to anyone James ever played with in Cleveland?"
I don't see how demanding a trade and then not leaving because you prefer LA over Detroit is being loyal to your team. Kobe had already had selected destinations and would have left in a second to play in other cities.
Give Kobe a break man. He slummed it up in LA, playing with a bunch of bums who might need two or three ballots to reach the Hall Of Fame, while LeBron was coasting to the Finals with Larry Hughes and Sasha Pavlovic.
And who can forget how courageously Kobe fought when he was playing next to Smush Parker and Chris Mihm? He definitely didn't quit in the final half of any playoff elimination games.
And let's not forget how quickly Kobe signed his extension with the Lakers in 2004. He definitely didn't flirt with the Clippers, and he most definitely didn't go as far as to ask that they play a handful of games in Anaheim.
Tayshaun and Rip were shitty players?
Rogue Leader= Obese coward who didn't attend MSU and has no college degree
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