Lakers News: Kobe Bryant Thanks Lakers For Drafting Him In 1996

Lakers News: Kobe Bryant Thanks Lakers For Drafting Him In 1996


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Five-time NBA champion Kobe Bryant is widely considered one of the best players in NBA history. As if the five titles with the Los Angeles Lakers aren’t impressive enough, Kobe has shattered records and reached milestones that will likely stand the test of time.

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On Tuesday, Kobe took to Twitter to thank the Lakers organization for taking a chance on him on this day 18 years ago:

During the 1996 NBA draft, the Charlotte Hornets drafted a 17-year-old with the 13th overall pick. Kobe wasn’t a Hornet for long with Charlotte trading the high schooler to the Lakers in exchange for veteran center Vlade Divac.

As a result of the trade, Divac stayed in Charlotte for two years before signing with the Sacramento Kings as a free agent in 1999. Kobe went on to win three straight titles playing alongside Shaquille O’Neal in Los Angeles in his fourth season with the Lakers.

Once Kobe officially decides to call it a career, which might be only two years from now, the superstar will go down as arguably the best player in the franchise history. There’s no doubt Kobe’s number will be retired at the Staples Center with a statue outside soon to follow.
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  • Lakers Fan

    Who would have thought a 17-year old kid that went 13th overall would turn out to be this great? Kobe is truly blessed.

    • VillainKing™

      Yeah Kobe is amazing!!

  • meep

    too this day Charlotte regrets the trade.

    • Derek Clark


  • LakersHeatBeef

    Marc J. Spears @SpearsNBAYahoo · 5m
    PF Drew Gordon, brother Aaron Gordon, to play for Sixers’ summer league instead of Lakers. LAL drafting of Julius Randle reason for change.

  • LakersHeatBeef

    Jerome Jordan a big center will be on the Lakers Summer League Team.

    • carlcamac

      how do know that?

  • atakan imren

    i did my best to convince LJ.there is 50 for LA.

  • mark

    my sources tell me jodie meeks to Detroit Pistons

  • carlcamac

    Should be one of the dumbest trade in the NBA history

  • Rusty Morris

    Which number is getting retired 8 or 24? Right now 8 has more championships. I know Kobe favors the 24 but in 8 he won three championships in a row. I would like to see 8 retired but my opinion may be swayed because that was always my number in sports.

    • RonniePee

      I say both numbers should be retired!!! Can you imagine another Laker wearing # 8 or # 24??? They both must be retired, it’s only right.