Posted January 26, 2014

Kobe Bryant: I’ll be happy to give Carmelo Anthony advice in free agency

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Kobe Bryant said he understands the frustration of being a great player and not being able to win a championship. (Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images)

Kobe Bryant said he understands the frustration of being a great player and not being able to win a championship. (Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images)

Kobe Bryant won’t be actively recruiting Carmelo Anthony to join him in Los Angeles this summer, but Bryant said Sunday that he’ll be happy to give Anthony advice “as a friend” during the free-agent process.

“Well, everybody wants to play in Los Angeles,” Bryant said before the Lakers’ 110-103 loss to the Knicks on Sunday, according to NBA.com. “I mean New York is a beautiful place, don’t get me wrong, but it is colder than [expletive] 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.”

Anthony is set to become a free agent, and both Los Angeles teams have been offered as potential landing spots should he decide to leave New York. If Anthony does decide to exit New York, he would leave the possibility of an extra year and about $32 million on the table under the rules of the collective bargaining agreement, according to the New York Post.

Bryant suggested that he understood Anthony’s frustration with being known more as a “scorer” while he remains championship ringless.

“He’s a great player just like the rest of them,’’ Bryant said, according to the Post. “He’s obviously on the upper tier of players. It’s tough for players a lot of times, you’re really subject to the culture around you in terms of players and talent like players from the past Dominique Wilkins and Bernard King. It contribute to a lot of frustrations.

“That’s why I was so frustrated with the organization in 2006 and 2007 because I didn’t want to be known as a scorer. I wanted to make sure I had a team around me that could contend for a championship. The important thing is championships. It’s the only way you can shake it, only way a top scorer can shake it.”

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13 comments
6marK6
6marK6

When you are sure you have nothing left to offer, make your team pay you a ton of money so that they cannot lure any other good players in and then just ride the pine and talk about what you did ten years ago. Advice from Kobe. 

Aloha!
Aloha!

What does Kobe know about free agency. He's never been one.

alliesohio
alliesohio

I love it when Kobe goes on about how championships separate him from other great players. He got his 1st three sitting on Shaq's knee. Without Shaq, he's had 2 in 18 years of playing. And when he lost them, he publicly blamed Gasol, the center who carried him to victory while he was shooting a world-class choking 6 for 24.

TheDudeSpeaks
TheDudeSpeaks

You will all eat it when my Lakers are back at the top. Bittermens. HAHAHA! 

rockferd
rockferd

If Kobe is recruiting you as a teammate, you know his "basketball" advice sucks.  


If you want a max-contract, don't care about fielding a championship team, and want to chuck it up 20-30 times a game, then Kobe is your man.  Kobe's last incarnation as "the old guy shooting from the lip" is getting real old real fast.

al321
al321

Lol you all sound so bitter hahaha - I love reading these comments and imagining the 48-year-old balding guy sitting at his couch trying to figure out how he can get back at his bitter life by taking it out on comment boards.

friendly--neighborhood--scrawler
friendly--neighborhood--scrawler

Alright... KOBE "I am so smart i bought my wife a 4 million dollar ring, she can't wear or throw away as a constant reminder of the day i embarrassed her in front of the world" BRYANT..   certainly Melo wants all the advice you can give him... by the way be sure to direct Melo to a few hotels you found memorable in your travels... please, only ones with chairs...

mystafugee
mystafugee

Good move Jim Buss of signing Kobe up through next season, I'm sure other superstars would love to play with a past-his-prime player who insists he still be the star.  

Sportsfan18
Sportsfan18

@al321 I'm ONLY 46 and I'm not balding at all, though I am about half gray now though...

friendly--neighborhood--scrawler
friendly--neighborhood--scrawler

@mystafugee  

Kobe tricked the lakers...period...  the lakers should have amnestied Kobe and have him sit out the year and resign him for half of what they are paying him now... that rat Kobe got hurt on company time... but its O.K. for him to get better on company time...  Kobe new he would not be anything close to himself this year, but he ran to the media saying he will be ready... putting pressure on the Lakers ..... that is the move of a snake under grass... no pun intended

friendly--neighborhood--scrawler
friendly--neighborhood--scrawler

@CALI_DREAMING

I do not support teams... too many idiots from owners down to players that can disappoint you... i was watching the kings against the Pacers... Kings up by 4 with seconds remaining, send in the idiot! perfect timing he fouls a jump shooter taking a 3 ...4 point play.... Bill Parcells always said dumb players make stupid plays and cost your team games...

i usually pick out a player from their college days based on play and how they conduct themselves and follow thier career through out the pros...

i started following lebron from his high school days. a combination of his play with the unwarranted hate that came his way.... the sad thing he joined two players i cannot stand... Chris Bosh and Dwayne Wade... mainly based on how they  don't play the game... totally the opposite of how i feel the game should be played.