Kobe Bryant wanted heads to roll in Los Angeles if it meant LeBron James playing for the Lakers.
According to The Athletic, Bryant told Lakers owner Jeanie Buss in February 2017 to completely rebuild the team’s front office in hopes of signing James during free agency in 2018.
"Cut it all out at once. I know it’s hard to do, but if you want to turn this ship around, and turn it around sooner rather than later, then you’ve got to make those hard decisions," Bryant said. "Jeanie, I know who we’re trying to get; we know who we’re trying to get, so that player is not going to come here with all of this s— going on. It’s not going to happen. So if you do want to have that focus, and go after that player, then I’m telling you that you’ve gotta clean house, and you’ve gotta just reshuffle the deck and start anew."
Buss took Byant’s advice and fired general manager Mitch Kupchak and head of basketball operations Jim Buss, her brother, later that month.