Kobe was drafted by the charlotee hornets in 1996 and was traded by the hornets to the lakers in return for a player called vlade divac in the same year.
They didn't. The Charlotte Bobcats did. But the Lakers traded Vlade Divac to the Bobcats for Kobe Bryant on Draft Night in 1996.
In the 1996 NBA Draft. He was selected by the Hornets and was then traded to LA
Kobe Bryant was 18 when he played for the lakers
He got traded to the lakers the year he got drafted in 1996
They joined in 1948