Former Lakers star reveals Kobe Bryant could join the Knicks

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Kobe Bryant's future with the Los Angeles Lakers has been up in the air for the past few weeks, with rumours of a potential trade out of LA making the headlines.

The five time NBA Champs contract runs out in 2016 and it is not known yet if he will remain at the Lakers, leave for pastures new, or retire from the league altogether as he would be 38.

Kobe to New York?

While it may be hard to imagine Bryant playing in anything but purple and gold, former Lakers teammate Rick Fox believes Kobe could make a move to New York and team up with Phil Jackson again at the Knicks.

During an interview with legendary broadcaster Larry King, Fox - who spent parts of seven seasons alongside Bryant - believes that the Black Mamba wants a chance at a title one more time and could leave if it's not in LA.

Back with Phil

Given that Fox feels Kobe Bryant will depart Southern California and head for the Big Apple where he’ll join Phil Jackson and the New York Knicks as a free agent.

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“If there is not a real opportunity for [Bryant] to win a championship there, the thought of him leaving may shock Lakers fans,” Fox said.

“But I wouldn’t put it past him going in search of one or two more championships. Personally, I think it’s going to get done in New York. I really do. I just believe in Phil. I’ve been around him. I know Kobe has had his greatest success with Phil in a leadership capacity. So the reuniting of the two is not an unrealistic thought.”

"I wouldn’t put it past him going in search of one or two more championships...the reuniting of (Kobe and Phil) is not an unrealistic thought.”

There have been suggestions of the pair getting back together ever since Jackson took over at the Knicks. But could, and would, the Knicks be able to afford a huy like Kobe with Carmelo Anthony already on the payroll?

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