In a recent interview with John Karalis from Mass Live, Kevin Garnett talked about the possibility of joining Kobe Bryant back in 2007. At that time, Garnett was pretty much done with the Wolves, who were not able to surround him with enough talent to win a championship. At that time, Garnett was thinking of a trade that would potentially send him to the Lakers so he could play alongside Kobe.
According to Garnett, the deal never went through because Bryant didn’t respond to Garnett’s phone call. He was on a strict timeline, so after not getting any response from Bryant and the Lakers, Garnett decided to join the Boston Celtics, where he formed a big three with Paul Pierce and Ray Allen.
“I wanted to link with (Kobe Bryant). I shouted at Kobe; he didn’t pick the line up. T-Lue (Tyronn Lue) and Kobe were close, and he said ‘shoot at him again and see what he on.’ So I shouted again, and he didn’t get back, so I had to make a decision.”
He also could join the Warriors or the Suns, but their situation at that time didn’t look promising, and the Lakers were his priority. Nevertheless, going to Boston was the right move from Garnett, who won an NBA title immediately in his first season. He never missed the playoffs in a Celtics jersey, and they even announced they would retire his jersey next season.