The Los Angeles Lakers are currently playing the waiting game as Carmelo Anthony decides whether or not he wants to come to Los Angeles or stay in New York.
The latest rumors has Anthony signing with the Knicks, but nothing is for sure as of yet. Kobe Bryant spoke about the possibility of playing with Carmelo at his annual basketball camp according to our own Serena Winters:
Kobe on IF Melo came (on being able to play together): "It would be fine. It would be more than fine."
— Serena Winters (@SerenaWinters) July 9, 2014
Bryant and Carmelo would give the Lakers an excellent core to build around. Many reports also have Pau Gasol returning to the team if Anthony comes to Los Angeles, giving the Lakers even more firepower. This is a huge moment for Anthony himself, and Bryant understands the magnitude of Anthony’s decision according to ESPN’s Dave McMenamin:
Kobe on Carmelo: "This is a legacy-defining moment"
— Dave McMenamin (@mcten) July 9, 2014
Nothing is set in stone as of this moment, but the Lakers still have a lot of moves to make before this off-season. Whether or not the team gets Anthony, the Lakers will still have to fill out the rest of the roster.
There is also the question of who the next coach will be, as Byron Scott has long been considered the favorite and Bryant would be fine with that. The Lakers have done everything in their power to improve the team and Bryant seems ready to go. Anthony would only make the journey that much better.
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