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Lakers News: Clippers Told Kobe They Wouldn’t Draft Him Reviewed by Momizat on . Everyone remembers back in 2004 when Kobe Bryant seriously considered leaving the Lakers to join the crosstown rival Los Angeles Clippers. Many don't realize th Everyone remembers back in 2004 when Kobe Bryant seriously considered leaving the Lakers to join the crosstown rival Los Angeles Clippers. Many don't realize th Rating:
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Lakers News: Clippers Told Kobe They Wouldn’t Draft Him

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Los Angeles Clippers v Los Angeles LakersEveryone remembers back in 2004 when Kobe Bryant seriously considered leaving the Lakers to join the crosstown rival Los Angeles Clippers. Many don’t realize that Bryant almost started his career with the Clippers.

During his ‘Kobe Up Close’ special on AXS TV, Bryant revealed that he worked out for the Clippers and they were extremely impressed with him, but ultimately passed on him.

According to Kobe:

I had a great workout with the Clippers and they told me it was the best workout they had ever seen. So I said ‘are you gonna draft me?’ and they said no. I asked why and they said ‘We are looking to turn the franchise around and we don’t think the city of Los Angeles would get behind us drafting a 17 year old kid.’

You read that right folks. The good folks across Staples Center believed LA couldn’t back a young 17-year-old phenom. The Clippers would instead take Lorenzen Wright with the 7th pick in the 1996 Draft while Bryant would slide to 13th and the rest is history.

That just goes to show the difference in the organizations. The Lakers were always looking ahead and weren’t afraid to take a chance on a young kid with the potential to blossom into a superstar, and they now have five more rings to show for it.

Kobe just wouldn’t look right in red and blue anyway. This all happened for a reason.

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  • Sti1lmatic

    Damn

  • richard

    goosebump…chill…almost, but not quite.

  • Jim213

    To the victors go the spoils.

  • Eddie Lazaro

    That was all West. He has been negotiating (after Magic retired) for any team with earlier Draft picks to get Kobe and they will get anyone on the Lakers roster available as a trade. The Hornets decided to give the draft rights for Kobe, getting Vlade Divac in return. After a whole season (1997-98) and 12 games under Del Harris benching of his young talent, Harris was fired (1998-99) at the start of the shorten lockout season with a 6-6 record, that gave way to Kurt Rambis first stint as an NBA coach. The rest is history.

  • ra

    LO started out with the Clippers. Kobe was almost a Clipper. CP was almost a Clipper. Kaman was a Clipper. Matt Barnes was a Laker. LO was a Laker. Kaman is a Laker. Barnes is a Clipper. Ronny Turiaf was Laker. Turiaf, Clipper. Caron Butler Clipper, I mean Laker, but then Clipper, but now? Clipper .. Laker … Laker Clipper … Laker … Clipper Cliper LAKER CLIPPER CLIPPER LAKER !!!! Driving me crazy.

    • Jim213

      I guess many of these players enjoy the limelight that LA provides…

    • limdog

      Sean Rooks, Bob McAdoo, Norm Nixon, many others.

  • Angela Faye Williams

    U went to the right team Kobe and got 5 rings to show for it <3 ya

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