Originally posted by 49ersMyLife:
But in the prime of his career he was also demanding trade on TV and Radio because he didn't think he had a good team around him.
Also, he didn't get away from Shaq because he didn't want to make a Super team. Instead, he wanted a Super-Team with him in charge.
Yep, he demanded a trade when the talent on the roster was on the completely opposite end of the spectrum. Outside of a solid player in Odom and a very young & raw Bynum, the vast majority of that roster was either out of the league or at the end of a bench right afterward.
He never got a super team. He got a really good #2 who was a fringe all-star. I know people like to paint Pau as being more than that, but before LA, he was a 1-time all-star that was being beaten out to All-Star rosters by guys like Andrei Kirilenko, David West, & Carlos Boozer. He took that dude, Odom, & a Bynum that could barely walk to two titles.
Not a "super team", and far different than taking one of the 5 greatest players at his position in his late 20's & early 30's and a guy who had made 5 ASG's (also in his late 20's) on his own to titles.