"I have to win without Shaq. I've got to do it" - Kobe Bryant revealed where he wanted to be traded in 2007

Kobe Bryant requested a trade from the Lakers in 2007, frustrated with the team's lack of success post-Shaquille O'Neal. The Pistons were ready to part with Rip Hamilton, Tayshaun Prince, and draft picks for Bryant, but he vetoed the trade as Detroit wasn't on his list of preferred destinations – Chicago, San Antonio, or Phoenix. However, negotiations with the Bulls fell through when they refused to give up Luol Deng. Eventually, the Lakers acquired Pau Gasol in a trade with the Memphis Grizzlies, leading to back-to-back championships in 2009 and 2010. Bryant spent his entire career with the Lakers, becoming a legend.