Kobe Bryant had to sit through the worst Los Angeles Lakers season in decades last year. The five-time NBA Champion watched on in disgust as the purple and gold struggled to a 27-55 record with Bryant injured on the sideline as his team went full tank mode. Well Bryant's had enough of losing and wants the Lakers to become Showtime again, with the help of Carmelo Anthony.
Melo is one of the two biggest free agents on the market in this off-season, the other being one LeBron James of course, and he is definitely a player with the capabilities of turning around the Lakers fortunes next season. And according to ESPN, Kobe's doing his best to make it happen.
"Though the Los Angeles Lakers are not on Anthony’s current list, Kobe Bryantplans to recruit him to the team. Bryant, who is close with Anthony, spoke to him by telephone when they were in separate parts of Europe earlier this week," the report from earlier today read.
Whilst the piece admits that Los Angeles isn't really high on Melo's big board, Bryant is undoubtedly one of the most persuasive players in Basketball and if he gets the New York Knicks man's ear for five or ten minutes it would be more than enough to put more than a shred of doubt in Melo's mind.
One thing that is currently limiting the Lakers' attractiveness is their lack of a new head coach since the firing of Mike D'Antoni. Most of the other franchises that were looking for new guy have brought them in, leaving LA and Jeanie Buss in the dirt. Another factor is obviously Kobe Bryant's ridiculous new deal that eats up so much of the Lakers cap space. You have to wonder if they had both Melo - who can earn $30million dollars if he stays in New York - and Bryant, who would they be able to bring in around them to make them a contender.