Where did Bryant want to go in trade?
"Chicago was my No. 1 choice," said Bryant on Sunday, via "Grantland Basketball Hour."
The All-Star guard also confirmed he scuttled a trade the Lakers proposed that would have sent him to the
"That is true," said Bryant, who said the potential deal included Richard "Rip" Hamilton,
"I gave you a list of teams I'm comfortable being traded to," recalled Bryant. "Not Detroit."
The Lakers did have conversations with the Bulls, but a prospective deal was believed to have gotten hung up on the inclusion of forward Luol Deng, now with the Miami Heat.
When no deal materialized for Bryant, the Lakers kept their star and eventually brought in Pau Gasol, winning championships in 2009 and 2010.
Bryant also said he has no plans to retire next season, despite recovering from a torn rotator cuff that may require six months of rehab.
What would Bryant do differently when
"Zero," responded Bryant. "Absolutely nothing."
"I learned how to be a leader by watching Magic [Johnson], [
Howard left two summers ago in free agency to the
Bryant also acknowledged disappointment that he was named the
"It was never a mission of mine to win a bunch of MVPs, but a lot of championships, but that being said, did it bother me? It bothered me. Of course it bothered me," he said.