The Los Angeles Lakers had a terrible 2014-2015 season. It was all bad for a team that had Kobe Bryant and pretty much nobody else that could help the team be successful.
During that year, an injured Kobe Bryant showed up to practice just to say goodbye to players he thought were about to get traded at the 2015 trade deadline.
“He comes in, sweatsuit [on], he has a sling around for his hurt shoulder, he has his shades on, his Kobe shades,” Lin recalls. “And he walks in and everyone’s like, ‘Ohhhh’ and Booz, Carlos Boozer, is like ‘Kob! Good to see you bro! Dang, we haven’t seen you in a bit, how come you came today?’
And he was just stone-faced, and he was like, ‘I just came by to say bye to some of you bums who are going to get traded tomorrow.’ [laughs] And then he sits down at the table where you control the scoreboard at the practice facility and he said a couple words to the coach, and then he left. And I remember one of my teammates was just like ‘I lost all motivation to practice.’”
The Lakers were just 13-34 at the time.
They finished that season 21-61 and in dead last in the Pacific Division. Bryant only appeared in 35 games due to injury.
Kobe averaged 22.3 points that season, but shot just 37.3 percent from the field. As it turned out, the team made zero trades that year.