As he performed on "Dancing With the Stars," Mavericks owner Mark Cuban apparently performed a tango with a celebrity off the ballroom floor.
Cuban contends that he nearly landed a fairly important Laker. You may know him. He goes by the name of Kobe Bryant.
“When I was doing 'Dancing With the Stars,' I was taking breaks because I was talking to Kobe’s agent because Kobe wanted to get traded,” Cuban said on the "Ben and Skin Show" on KESN-FM in Dallas. “Literally, between 'Dancing With the Stars' practices I had thought we traded for Kobe Bryant. I even talked to their owner and thought we were going to have done deal, and [Lakers GM] Mitch Kupchak changed [Kobe’s] mind and brought him back.”
Around that time in 2007, Bryant said he'd play anywhere. Even Pluto, so long as it wasn't the Lakers. He had tired of playing with the likes of Smush Parker and Kwame Brown. Bryant was frustrated with the Lakers losing two consecutive first-round playoff meetings against the Phoenix Suns. He demanded in a profanity-laced tirade filmed on video that the Lakers should trade Andrew Bynum for Jason Kidd.