While Bryant didn’t actively make a push for Anthony to join him in Lakerland, he did point out the differences between New York and Los Angeles to Anthony, telling Dave McMenamin of ESPNLosAngeles.com:
”Well, everybody wants to play in Los Angeles,” Bryant said before his Lakers got underway against the Knicks. “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.”
Johnson though had a different opinion altogether, urging Melo to stay in New York.
My advice to Carmelo is to stay in New York and build a championship team at home.
— Earvin Magic Johnson (@MagicJohnson) January 27, 2014
It’s interesting Johnson would be so adamant about Anthony staying in New York, only because Johnson is a longtime Laker and former part-owner of the team.
As for Kobe’s pitch about the weather, everyone wants the sun at this time of the year, but the cold likely won’t play into Melo’s decision. He did go to Syracuse and was born in Brooklyn, so Anthony is plenty used to the cold months by now.