[post_page_title]Kobe Bryant (Hornets to Lakers)[/post_page_title]
Considered to be one of the most unbelievable trades of all time, the Charlotte Hornets drafted an 18-year-old Kobe Bryant out of high school in 1996, and traded him to the Lakers for veteran big man Vlade Divac on draft night.
Now, Divac was a very solid big man, and Kobe was a young kid who hadn’t proven himself – so it’s understandable. But Lakers GM Jerry West had a gut feeling about Kobe… and as we know, the risk he took eventually paid off, in true Black Mamba fashion. When Kobe lost his life in a tragic helicopter accident in January, 2020, basketball fans everywhere were in mourning.
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