Before Carmelo Anthony decided to stay with the New York Knicks in the offseason, there were rumors that he might team up with Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers.
Earlier today, Carmelo addressed the media at the Knicks open practice in Madison Square Garden regarding the Lakers situation in the offseason and noted that his decision had nothing to do with not wanting to play with Kobe Bryant:
“Hell no. Of course not,” Anthony said. “If I thought that [playing for the Lakers] was the right situation for me from an overall perspective as far as having a team there, then I would have looked at that situation more in-depth. I just felt more comfortable staying here in New York. But as far as playing with him … I’m here now but I would always love to play with Kobe.”
Later on, Carmelo also noted that he is still in communication with Kobe to learn from his experience in the triangle offense that Bryant learned under Phil Jackson:
“If I know Kobe the way I think I know him,” Anthony said, “he is more of a person that will let me go out there and see how it works out and then throughout the season I am pretty sure he will be reaching out and say, ‘OK, I see this, or I see that.’ I am just trying to deal with him and get my own experience in it and if I need advice from other people and really talk to somebody, I have the right people in my phone to talk to.”
Anthony didn’t rule out Lakers because of Kobe [ESPN New York]
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