HOOPSWORLD.COM: The summer of 2007 was not supposed to be like this.
The Los Angeles Lakers once had visions of grandeur that this summer they’d land the key piece to propel them back into contention.
With three-time NBA champion Kobe Bryant already locked in, this would be the moment they’d pair him up with another superstar.
The list of players was broad (and ultimately unavailable): LeBron James, Amare Stoudemire, Yao Ming . . . but one player in particular stood out as the ideal match, Kevin Garnett.
Playing for the rebuilding Minnesota Timberwolves and armed with an opt-out clause, Garnett would have some serious leverage if he ever decided to push for a trade.
The Lakers passed on many opportunities to improve but none with the impact of landing the Big Ticket.
Garnett has that home in Malibu. He’s looked great next to Bryant on All-Star teams. He’s an intense competitor who only played beside a true closer once in his career (a healthy Sam Cassell).