At his annual kids basketball camp, Lakers guard Kobe Bryant addressed the media as he always does prior to the open of camp. Considering the current state of the NBA and free agency specifically, many of the questions directed at Bryant were about prospective Lakers, namely Carmelo Anthony.
On any update on a decision from Carmelo and future plans after Anthony and LeBron James‘ recruitment decisions:
Kobe Bryant on Melo: “Everybody is here to read tea leaves … I don’t have any new information”
Kobe Bryant said the Lakers have “several options” if Carmelo Anthony/LeBron James pursuits fall through.
Kobe says “Plan B is a solid option”
Kobe Bryant says Lakers “are going for it … and pulling out all the stops to make sure we put a contender on the court next year.”
Kobe on being active in free agency: “It’s a little hard now because I think everybody is playing a waiting game to an extent.”
On his preference as to the next Lakers head coach:
Is Byron someone you’d like to see Kobe coach the Lakers next season? “Ya.” – Kobe
On his current health:
Kobe says he’s at 218 pounds: “Physically I feel great … I feel sharp, crisp”
And on the rumored pick-up game with Kevin Love and Carmelo Anthony at UCLA this weekend?:
Kobe said he was NOT even at UCLA for this supposed pick up game.