Kobe Bryant Said He Won’t Recruit Carmelo Anthony To The Lakers, But Ended Up Making A Pretty Good Pitch

  • Eric Goldschein

carmelo anthony kobe bryantThe Lakers were in New York yesterday to take on the Knicks in a battle of teams that are terrible but still make an ass-ton of money. Kobe Bryant was in attendance, though he’s still recovering from a knee injury. When Kobe was asked before the game whether he’d recruit fellow All-Star and free-agent-to-be Carmelo Anthony to L.A. after the season, he said no — but not before making a pretty good point about the difference between playing in California and New York.

Via ESPN (emphasis ours):

“Well, everybody wants to play in Los Angeles,” Bryant said before the Lakers’ 110-103 loss to the Knicks on Sunday when asked about Anthony’s potential interest in joining him in purple and gold. “I mean New York is a beautiful place, don’t get me wrong, but it is colder than s— out here. You know, palm trees and beaches obviously are a little more appealing.

“All jokes aside, I think that players, when that time comes, will have to make the best decision for them and their families. I try not to think about it too much. If he wants to call me for advice later as a friend, I will be more than happy to give it to him.”

Have we figured out why big name players have passed up the opportunity to play in New York in recent years (most notably LeBron “South Beach” James)? Is year-round shorts weather enough to convince Carmelo to switch coasts? Or can we chalk up Melo’s possible future relocation to James Dolan and the rest of his merry band of morons? No JD & The Straight Shot AND palm trees? Sign me up.

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