Before Kobe Bryant became the superstar he’s been for the past decade-plus, he was drafted 13th overall in 1996 by the Charlotte Hornets and promptly traded to the Lakers for veteran center Vlade Divac. The rest as they say, is history.
With the Cavaliers set to send top draft choice Andrew Wiggins to Minnesota for Kevin Love, Bryant is comparing the move to Charlotte’s blunder:
Kobe Bryant: “ Cleveland is making the same mistake that Charlotte made with me ”.
— 2014MrBasket (@2014MrBasket) August 14, 2014
Wiggins comes with some question marks as a rookie, similar to Bryant when he entered the NBA right out of high school. No one knew Bryant would go on to become unquestionably one of the best players in NBA history. Wiggins may not turn out to be int he same category, but then again he just might. No one knows for sure.
Cleveland could be brokering losing a great future talent in Wiggins in exchange for winning immediately. It could turn out great for the Cavs, or they could live to regret it if Wiggins blossoms into another Bryant. We’ll just have to wait and see…
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