Kobe Bryant's Rejection of Kevin Garnett's Lakers Move Revealed By Matt Barnes

Photo: Instagram/Matt Barnes

NBA veteran Matt Barnes recently disclosed a revelation regarding a potential move that could have reshaped NBA history. 

According to Barnes, Kevin Garnett expressed interest in joining the Los Angeles Lakers during the 2007/08 season, only to be thwarted by Kobe Bryant's disapproval.

Barnes shed light on the situation, stating, "We were supposed to get Kevin Garnett that next year, there were talks of KG coming. He even wanted to play for the Lakers, but Kobe didn’t call him back. Kobe didn’t want a superstar. He wanted to do his thing without Shaq."

Photo: Instagram/Matt Barnes

The backdrop of this revelation lies in the aftermath of Kobe Bryant's desire to prove himself as a standalone superstar following the departure of Shaquille O’Neal. Despite their previous success together, Kobe was determined to secure championships without relying on another dominant player.

Had Garnett's move to the Lakers materialized, it could have altered the course of NBA history significantly. However, Kobe's steadfast commitment to leading the Lakers without another superstar ultimately led to Garnett exploring other options, ultimately landing him with the Boston Celtics.

Reflecting on what could have been, Barnes mentioned Garnett's potential interest in joining the Golden State Warriors, a team that had already shown promise with their remarkable playoff upset against the Dallas Mavericks. Nevertheless, the Lakers' failure to secure Garnett led to him becoming a pivotal figure in the Celtics' championship run.

While the partnership between Kobe and Garnett never materialized, both players found success in their respective paths. Garnett secured his first championship by defeating Kobe and the Lakers in 2008, while Kobe would go on to claim titles in 2009 and 2010 alongside Pau Gasol, reinforcing his legacy as one of the NBA's greatest.

In hindsight, the Kobe-Garnett partnership represents a missed opportunity that could have reshaped NBA dynasties. Despite their individual successes, the potential for their collaboration continues to spark intrigue among basketball enthusiasts, leaving fans to ponder what might have been.

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Source: Basketball Network 


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