The trade to send Kobe Bryant from the Los Angeles Lakers to the Chicago Bulls was turned down by then-team owner Jerry Buss. This trade would have made for one of basketball’s most iconic transactions, but it never happened when Buss rejected a call from Phil Jackson. The narrative goes that he didn’t want his team being run by someone else and overruled general manager Mitch Kupchak in order to keep peace with his longtime friend.
Kobe Bryant was drafted in 1996 by the Philadelphia 76ers. He was traded to the Los Angeles Lakers in 2004. The “when did kobe get drafted” is a question that has been asked many times before, but never answered until now.
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