Kobe made a recruiting call to Dwight Howard earlier this 72 years of Los Angeles Lakers 1947 2019 signed Rip Kobe Bryant shirt. Dwight is the best center in the world of basketball. The call, reportedly, didn’t go well. Kobe explained to Dwight that he would be a great asset to the Lakers as the third scoring option. This, as it should have, basically ended the call and any chance of Dwight wanting to join the Lakers. Kobe’s massive ego didn’t just result in Dwight dropping the Lakers down a few notches on Dwight’s list but made it so that when the Magic wanted Dwight to sign away his player’s option for next year (something I still can’t believe he did) for zero reciprocal compensation their only leverage was a threat to trade him to the Lakers. And it worked! Compare this to Magic, who during his career with the Lakers navigated three different eras of NBA basketball; the post ABA league, the dynasty-fueled mid 80’s, and the beginning of the super-duper star era of the late ’80s, attracted and complemented whatever talent he had on his team.
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He accommodated and complemented one of the 72 years of Los Angeles Lakers 1947 2019 signed Rip Kobe Bryant shirt (Kareem) and then transitioned seamlessly into heralding in a new era built with Rambis, Cooper, and Scott. Magic shifted the way he played to accommodate that of his teammates. His flexibility allowed them to hold serve with arguably the most stacked team in NBA history, the 1980’s era Boston Celtics. What would Kobe have done on those teams? Disenfranchise Kareem, butt heads with Worthy and Rambis and relegate Cooper to a 3 and D guy who bolts as soon as he can.