After watching the New York Knicks defeat the Los Angeles Lakers, it’s likely that fans were left feeling unimpressed by their performance, as I was. The Lakers appear to be on the cusp of being demoted to the D League when you examine their current roster, but the Knicks escaped with just a seven point victory.
This result is quite disappointing when you consider that the Lakers actually have two players from D League, Kendall Marshall and Ryan Kelly, receiving significant minutes right now. Carmelo Anthony was able to take advantage of his frequent mismatches throughout the game for 35 points, but the Knicks were pretty bad defensively.
There were five Knicks who reached double-figures on offense, but the Lakers had a pretty impressive offensive showing with 103 points scored. Los Angeles scored 103 points without Kobe Bryant in the lineup, which was pretty impressive from their perspective.
As Bryant is forced to watch his team struggle without him, both he and the Lakers know that the team needs help in free agency next season. Anthony will be a free agent at the end of this season, and he is a close friend with Bryant, but Bryant revealed he isn’t trying to convince Anthony to join the Lakers next season.
Honestly, it’s hard to predict what would be best for Anthony from a basketball standpoint, but I really think joining the Lakers would be a terrible idea. I think it’s safe to say Anthony and Bryant can’t coexist on a basketball court as teammates for an NBA season because of how much each player demands the ball on offense.
Just look at all the isolation situations Anthony’s teammates are forced to watch throughout a game; Bryant got a firsthand view from the sideline today. I know Anthony is close to Bryant, but if they were to join forces, arguments over shots just might ruin their relationship.