A similar request came from Kobe Bryant a year ago and LA won a championship a year later.won a championship a year later

A trade request from an NBA player may not be The 2007 request by Kobe Bryant to leave the Los Angeles Lakers is among the biggest what-ifs in NBA history.

"My #1 choice was Chicago," Bryant wrote in 2015 as part of the "Grantland Basketball Hour." After leading the NBA in 2005-06 and 2006-07, Bryant was at his peak in 2007.

Nevertheless, the Lakers roster had crumbled around the All-Star guard after the Shaquille O'Neal trade in 2004. 

While the Lakers lost in the first round of the playoffs in 2006 and 2007, Bryant was openly critical of some of his teammates 

As a result, Bryant told Stephen A. Smith on ESPN radio in May 2007 that he wanted to leave Los Angeles.

The New York Times' Howard Beck reported at the time that Bryant said: "I would like to be traded, yeah.

Tough as it is to come to that conclusion  theres no other alternative. He apparently waffled on his request after joining "The Dan Patrick Show," according to Beck.

Phil Jackson assured Bryant that the Lakers would turn things around, he told Patrick. It's not my intention to go anywhere else," Bryant said. "I want to stay here for the rest of my career."