What If…The Charlotte Hornets Never Traded Kobe Bryant?

Posted: 3rd January 2010 by Eddie Becker in NBA
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Hindsight is always 20/20, but it proves even more gut wrenching when you're talking about saving a city's franchise. In the 1996 NBA draft, the now relocated Charlotte Hornets selected Kobe Bryant with their 13th selection overall.á They would eventually trade his draft rights away to the Lakers for center Vlade Divac. Looking back now, the Hornets obviously would never have done the deal, though Bryant insistence that he not play for Charlotte was going to override any decision the Hornets made.á Still, what could have been? First you have to understand the love affair between the Hornets and the city of Charlotte.á Getting an NBA franchise in 1988, the Hornets didn't go long until they became on of the most popular teams in the NBA.á In fact, in the 1996-97 s ...

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