Kobe Bryant Talks About How the Hornets Didn’t Want Him After 1996 Draft Pick ayanarashed December 29, 2015 Her Source, Source Sports | Sports News, source sports 2 The Hornets were not interested in one of the best players to ever play the game. 20 years ago the Hornets passed on one of the best players to ever play in the NBA and I’m sure that they regret the decision each and everyday. The Charlotte hornets drafted Kobe but then turned around and traded him to LA Lakers, which was probably more up Kobe’s tempo. Last Night , after playing his last game in Charlotte Kobe received a heartfelt goodbye from Michael Jordan who says he was always intrigued on how driven Kobe Bryant was in his years of playing in the NBA and against him. Kobe spoke about the experience and says “Charlotte never wanted me,” he said. “Cowens told me he didn’t want me. It wasn’t a question of me even playing here. They had a couple of guards already, a couple small forwards already. So it wasn’t like I would be off the bench much.” Cowen only fueled the young Kobe. “I had grown up watching basketball,” he said. “I knew who Dave Cowens was and [was] pretty excited [to play for him]. Then I was like, ‘Oh, all right.’ I quickly transitioned from smiley kid to killer instinct.” Kobe could have been a Hornet. But, the legacy will live on.