Among the greater what-uncertainties in NBA history is Kobe Bryant's request to leave the Los Angeles Lakers in 2007.

Chicago was my No. 1 decision," Bryant later told the "Grantland Basketball Hour" in 2015 of his solicitation.

Bryant was at the level of his powers in 2007, having driven the NBA in scoring in 2005-06 and 2006-07 

He was generally viewed as the best player in the NBA around then.

However, because of the Shaquille O'Neal exchange 2004 — the consequence of a lost epic showdown with Bryant 

The Lakers program had disintegrated around the All-Star watch.

Bryant had been straightforwardly reproachful of a portion of his colleagues while the Lakers lost in the primary round of the end of the season games in 2006 and 2007. 

Thus, in May 2007, while addressing Stephen A. Smith on ESPN radio, Bryant said he looked for from LA.

The New York Times' Howard Beck announced at the time that Bryant said 

"I might want to be exchanged, no doubt. Extreme for all intents and purposes to arrive at that resolution, there could be no other option.

Notwithstanding, as per Beck, Bryant later joined "The Dan Patrick Show" and apparently wavered on his solicitation.