James nearly switched teams with Bryant
The NBA as a business alliance, each team owner will consider how to maximize the benefits of team operations, so there is no absolute loyalty in the NBA league, even Duncan, Nowitzki, such a model of a city of one, have considered leaving the team to seek a larger contract, and as the establishment of the purple and gold dynasty Kobe is also the same, more than 10 years ago, the entire league up and down once for Kobe’s transfer fiasco.
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In 2004, O’Neal and Kobe in an unpleasant atmosphere in the partnership, OK combination to go their own way, in the three seasons after O’Neal left the Lakers, Kobe twice fell in the first round of the playoffs, a direct even playoff tickets did not get, but at this time is at the peak of his frequent historical data, single season cut 35.4 points, a single game 81 points and so on the miracle. Kobe for the first time to taste the single-core team, there is no right-hand man around the pain, and at this time 29 years old, he knows that he can not waste his peak, so it will be to the team management proposed a deal.
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At that time, the entire league as soon as the news of Kobe himself seeking a deal, instantly let many other team owners in the league excited, but know that at that time Kobe is the biggest superstar in the league, both influence or business value is also the highest in the league, they have and the Lakers management to get in touch and discuss the content of the deal. The Cavaliers were ready to use 22-year-old James in exchange for 29-year-old Kobe, but the Lakers asked for too much money, and the two teams eventually blew the deal.
In addition to the previous very appreciated Kobe mavericks boss Cuban is to say: “My team, in addition to the Norwich others randomly selected, the draft picks randomly, only to get him!” At that time, the Mavericks were in addition to Nowitzki, there is an average of 19 points and 7 rebounds of the all-star Josh Howard and an average of 17 points and 5 assists of Terry, the previous season they also together to help the Mavericks play in the finals, so that the Heat 2-4 reversal, close to get the championship, but as long as get Kobe, Cuban was able to throw the whole team for the determination.
The Chicago Bulls were the closest to getting Kobe at that time. At that time, Kobe himself was also very willing to join the Bulls, because that is his idol Jordan’s team, he also wanted to inherit Jordan’s will, to become the hero of the Bulls; and at this time the Bulls also very welcome the arrival of Kobe, and give to trade chips, the first except for Luol Deng, the remaining four starters can be packaged 4 for 1, in exchange for Kobe; to know is that at that time, the Bulls’ remaining four starters are The remaining four starters were: Ben Gordon, who averaged 21.4 points per game and got the best sixth man in his rookie season, Sinrich, who averaged 16.6 points and 6.3 assists per game, “Big Ben” Ben Wallace and PJ Brown, who had seven consecutive seasons with over 100 caps and steals; even Kobe had once put on a Bulls jersey, but eventually the deal fell through. A deal still fell through.
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The reason why the deal failed that year was on top of Luol Deng, as then averaging 18.8 points and 7.1 rebounds per game potential forward, Kobe saw in him the potential to become his side Pippen, so then told the Bulls management, absolutely can not trade him, if not him, I am not willing to come; but on the other hand the Lakers are bent on getting Luol Deng, just because of this, Kobe think that if he and his own interchange old East, he went to the Bulls and now the Lakers and what is the difference? Or to endure the suffering of a single core, and finally Kobe decided to stay Lakers, and after this, the Lakers management also for him to make up for the operation, through a series of subsequent operations, in the 07-08 season to get the big Gasol, purple and gold dynasty re-emerged.