After parting ways with superstar teammate Shaquille O’Neal, Bryant had a Lakers team to call his own, but he eventually grew frustrated with the lack of talent around him. In 2007, Bryant requested a trade from the only team that he had ever known, and for a time it looked as though the Lakers were going to appease him. That’s when owner Dr. Jerry Buss, legendary in his own right, sent a telegram that caused Bryant to change his mind and decide to stay in Los Angeles.
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Rob Pelinka, Bryant’s former agent who is now the Lakers General Manager, relayed the story at an ESPNLA event. According to Pelinka, who still has the telegram, it read: “Kobe, as you make this decision, never bet against me winning championships.” According to Pelinka, Bryant read the note from Buss, who was out of town on vacation, and knew that he simply couldn’t leave the Lakers. Over the years Buss had proven that he could build championship-level teams, and if Bryant wanted to win, there was simply no better place to be.
Magic Johnson has been subpoenaed to testify as a witness in a former Michigan State football player’s lawsuit against Golden State Warriors star and former MSU All-America Draymond Green, according to court documents. Attorneys for Jermaine Edmondson, who is suing Green over an alleged 2016 assault, want to question Johnson about a tweet he posted following the incident outside a Michigan restaurant.
The Big Baller Brand isn’t just about basketball shoes and T-shirts emblazoned with “Stay In Yo Lane.” As Lonzo Ball revealed during an interview with XXL’s Roger Krastz, his hip hop pursuits will also fall under the purview of the BBBs. “We actually set up a label and there’s definitely stuff coming in the near future,” Ball said. “I can’t really talk about the upcoming stuff, but more is to come.”