View Full Version : Timberwolves Could've Had Kobe and KG but Thought it Would be "Too Much"

03-26-2015, 02:59 PM
According to Flip they played with idea but eventually passed on drafting Kobe. Of course he could be lying because popular psd urban legend says high school Kobe "forced" his way to the Lakers.....


MINNEAPOLIS – The possibility still haunts and intrigues Minnesota coach Flip Saunders 19 years later.

What would have happened had the Minnesota Timberwolves selected Kobe Bryant fifth overall in the 1996 NBA Draft? That would have paired Bryant along with Kevin Garnett, two high school phenoms who eventually morphed into future Hall of Famers. Instead, Minnesota selected Ray Allen and traded him to Milwaukee for Stephon Marbury.

“We teetered on the idea of getting another one because we had success with KG,” Saunders said before the Lakers’ 101-99 overtime win over the Timberwolves on Wednesday at Target Center. “But we kind of thought it would be too much having two of those guys who were young at that time and still in the process of developing KG as a young player.”

Neither Bryant (right shoulder) nor Garnett (sore left knee) played in Wednesday’s game in what could have been the second-to-last matchup before Garnett’s possible final season in a storied 19-year NBA career.

The Timberwolves acquired Garnett in a mid-season trade from Brooklyn, a move both to mentor Minnesota’s young players and possibly end his career with the team that originally drafted him. But the history between Bryant and Garnett mostly rest on the NBA Finals matchups between the Lakers and Celtics in 2008 (Lakers lost 4-2) and 2010 (Lakers won 4-3).

But Saunders’ most definitive memory of Bryant and Garnett took place when he coached them in the 2004 NBA All-Star game.

“Kobe was picking guys up at 94 feet,” Saunders said. “That’s his competitiveness and nature in wanting to win and play. KG is the same way. As long as they love playing the game, they’re going to keep on playing.”


03-26-2015, 03:21 PM
basically he is saying that the Wolves looked at Kobe, that's not too surprising. I'm sure guys picking after them and before Char did too

03-26-2015, 03:29 PM
Wait, NBA GM says he thought of drafting a highly touted youngster? Im pretty sure thats their job, how is this news again?

Wake me up when hes one of the many GM's who Kobe's camp refused to work with.

03-26-2015, 03:59 PM