More on what people from the Lakers’ front office felt. Perhaps McHale really never wanted to send KG to Los Angeles. In fact, he “hates” Los Angeles.
SacBee: …That includes the Lakers, among the many to negotiate with the Timberwolves since the end of 2006-07, as Kobe Bryant put Los Angeles executives under heated public pressure to improve the roster. The Lakers were going to hear about it no matter where Garnett went, what is sure to become Bryant’s latest frustration about missing out on a difference-maker. The Timberwolves, however, apparently had no interest in taking on Lamar Odom at $27.5 million the next two seasons in addition to promising center Andrew Bynum and a package of prospects and picks.
Some within the L.A. front office also believed that Minnesota’s vice president of basketball operations, Kevin McHale, a Boston star during the days of the Lakers-Celtics wars, was stuck on those old times and would never allow Garnett to become the latest star at Staples Center.