Kobe Bryant wanted to be traded from Lakers to Bulls in 2007
Kobe Bryant requested a trade from the Lakers in 2007, and he really wanted out:
That wasn’t quite true, though.
The Bulls and Lakers tried to negotiate a trade with Luol Deng, Tyrus Thomas, Ben Gordon and Joakim Noah coming up as key pieces who could go to Los Angeles. But Kobe was wary of Chicago surrendering Deng and weakening his new team, and a deal never happened.
Kobe wasn’t traded to the Mavericks, another team that negotiated for him, either. He stayed with the Lakers and won a couple more championships.
But, wow, this is one heck of a “What if?”
Kobe would have put himself even further into Michael Jordan’s shadow, though that’s never something he feared, even once wanting to sign with Jordan’s Wizards. The Lakers would probably have two fewer championships. The Bulls, depending what they gave up, could have another. Derrick Rose would probably be somewhere else. The gap between the Western Conference and Eastern Conference might not be so pronounced.
If Kobe had gotten his wish, the entire NBA landscape would have changed. He’s that powerful.