Kobe Bryant Wanted Lakers to Team Up Derrick Rose With LeBron James & Anthony Davis for 2020

Published 02/15/2021, 7:36 PM EST
Feb 9, 2021; Miami, Florida, USA; New York Knicks guard Derrick Rose (4) attempts to shoot the ball against the Miami Heat during the first half at American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports


Derrick Rose is a legend in the NBA. The former Chicago Bulls player remains a fan favorite to this day, despite not being the same player he once was. Rose just recently left the Detroit Pistons to return to the New York Knicks to play under old head coach Tom Thibodeau. But he almost had the chance to win his first ring last season.

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Kobe wanted Derrick Rose in LA

NBA analyst Ramona Shelburn revealed on her podcast recently that Kobe Bryant wanted Rose to come to Los Angeles. Prior to his untimely passing, Kobe had spoken to Laker’s front office, including GM and his former agent Rob Pelinka about bringing Rose to the Lakers to provide back-up for LeBron James and Anthony Davis as they made their title run last year.

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Jan 1, 2021; Detroit, Michigan, USA; Detroit Pistons guard Derrick Rose (25) drives past Boston Celtics guard Jeff Teague (55) during the first quarter at Little Caesars Arena. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports
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She said, “Before the helicopter crash, that was the only time I have ever heard — and I’m sure it happened more than I ever heard about — but this was the only time I ever heard Kobe make a little suggestion to the Lakers brass. He loved the idea of the Lakers trading for Derrick Rose or going to get him somehow.”

D Rose has been struggling

The Derrick Rose-LA Lakers trade was rumored to go down for quite some time last year. The Lakers even offered the Pistons a trade package on the trade deadline, which the Pistons ultimately refused. Rose never ended up moving to LA. It is unfortunate as it would have given him the opportunity to win his first NBA championship, a feat many believe he could’ve had if he stayed fit.

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Jan 3, 2021; Detroit, Michigan, USA; Detroit Pistons guard Derrick Rose (25) gets defended by Boston Celtics forward Semi Ojeleye (left) and center Robert Williams III (right) during the second quarter at Little Caesars Arena. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports
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Rose was one of the best players in the NBA during his peak. In 2011, he won the MVP award while playing for the Chicago Bulls. Rose is still the youngest MVP in NBA history, winning the award at age 22. Since then, he has struggled with several injuries. But recent seasons have shown that Rose can stay fit and can contribute well to any team that he is on.

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But can Derrick Rose finally win an NBA championship before the end of his illustrious career? The chip would be the final piece to make Rose an all-time NBA great.

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy is an NBA & NFL journalist for EssentiallySports, before which he worked at BusinessWorld magazine. He has been a fan of Basketball for over 10 years now, since Shaquille O’Neal was a Phoenix Suns player. During his time at Symbiosis School for Liberal Arts, he started a sports magazine for the college called the Overtime Tribune and hosted the Overtime Tribune Podcast until he graduated.

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