On the situation, Kuban said: I remember that we had to trade Kobe, including Josh Howard, Jason Terry and several first round draft rights. I had an appointment with Jerry Buss. We basically agreed to continue. Nowitzki called me and said, listen, if you need to trade Kobe with me, I will agree.
Obviously, it blew up, Jerry West called Kobe and said you couldnt do it, it killed the deal.
At that time, Kobe had a lot of dissatisfaction with the Lakers, and he could not meet his requirements in terms of team configuration. He even threatened to wear other team equipment for training. At that time, he was also in the league, which lasted for a long time. But in the end, Kobe stayed with the Lakers and succeeded in winning the championship again in the following years, becoming the representative of one man, one city.