Kobe Bryant and Carmelo Anthony
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Superstar forward Carmelo Anthony opted out of his contract with the New York Knicks as expected on June 22nd.

As Anthony explores his options to identify which destination, most notably the Knicks, Chicago Bulls, and Houston Rockets, will help him win his first NBA championship, a current member of the Lakers’ organization has apparently started the recruiting process to help lure Anthony to the City of Angels.

According to ESPN.com’s Chris Broussard, Lakers’ guard Kobe Bryant, who missed most of last season with injuries, has already started his own recruiting process this week:

Though the Los Angeles Lakers are not on Anthony’s current list, Kobe Bryant plans 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.

Bryant told ESPN.com in a text message that he plans to meet with Anthony, as well.

With stars like Anthony and LeBron James set to become free agents on July 1st, we will soon find out  whether or not Bryant’s recruiting pitches work to help rebuild a roster that currently only has Bryant, PG Steve Nash and C Robert Sacre.

  • Max Prime

    Kobe-Hey Carmelo! do you want to come play on MY TEAM? And help me win my 6th ring? Just remember though, I gotta eat first!!!

  • J Taylor

    Melo…Play with me, and a 3rd star will come….
    Come to LA, and Love will follow…
    Get me a ring and I’ll let you two be the kings of LA.

  • Thomas Klein

    Chicago sent a party bus to pick up Melo, Houston sent a 2007 stretch limo, Lakers are sending a purple and gold Hummer filled with cash………….