Kobe Bryant will go down as one of the best basketball players in the history of the NBA when he retires.
The Lakers superstar has done so much for his team and the league itself, but his career could have been so much different.
Kobe Bryant revealed all in an honest and frank interview with ESPN's Bill Simmons and Jalen Rose on Sunday, with the future Hall of Famer explaining that he could have left the Lakers back in 2007 after a trade was proposed for the star baller.
It turns out that Bryant was the subject of a proposed trade by the Detroit Pistons in 2007, something Kobe spoke about during the interview.
Now it's not that Bryant was desperate to leave the Lakers, it's just that he was willing to leave if the destination was right for him.
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Towards the end of the Grantland Basketball Hour show, Kobe was asked whether it was true that he rejected a trade to Detroit in 2007, and Bryant's response was certainly interesting.
"[About the Lakers] And I said, I gave you a list of teams that I'm comfortable being traded to. That [Detroit Pistons] wasn't one of them, so no," SBNation reported.
Simmons: So who was on the list?
Kobe: Not Detroit.
Kobe: Chicago. Chicago was my number one choice of destination.
It could have been so different
Back in 2007, Kobe Bryant and the Lakers had only won three of their five championships together, and Bryant hadn't received an NBA MVP award yet in his career. Bryant and the Lakers went on to win two more titles together, but this could have been so different.
The Pistons were also really good eight years ago, and if Kobe would have been added to the mix, more NBA titles would almost certainly be on the Pistons' honors list.
But really it's the Chicago Bulls who missed out, with Kobe clearly stating he would have liked to have joined the Bulls eight years ago. It's funny how things turn out.