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Kobe Bryant wanted to play with Michael Jordan on the Wizards

Kobe Bryant and Michael Jordan together? It was something Kobe wanted long ago.

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Kobe Bryant and Michael Jordan leading the Washington Wizards together? It never happened, but Bryant wanted to play with his "mentor" in D.C., according to a report from Michael Lee of the Washington Post. Bryant never left the  Los Angeles Lakers, and Jordan's playing time with the Wizards came to an end before Kobe became a free agent and had the option to make the move, however.

Kobe, of course, was upset with the Lakers in 2007. The team was rebuilding instead of reloading, leading him to infamously said he'd "go play on Pluto." Eventually things swung in the Lakers and Bryant's favor as the team landed Pau Gasol in a blockbuster trade that helped turn around three NBA Finals trips and two championships. Some times the best thing to happen is nothing at all.

Would Jordan and Kobe have made a dynamic duo? It's hard to say how the two would have meshed at that point in their careers, but two of the greatest shooting guards of all-time together would have been a sight to behold. Even if Jordan was well-past his prime.