What the Lakers will sell to Carmelo Anthony on Thursday

What the Lakers will sell to Carmelo Anthony on Thursday
July 3, 2014, 12:15 am
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The Los Angeles Lakers will get their turn with free agent Carmelo Anthony on Thursday.

After stops in Chicago, Houston and Dallas, the seven-time All-Star will make his last pit stop for recruiting pitches in Hollywood before heading back to New York to hear from the Knicks.

And the Lakers, easily the team farthest away from competing for a championship of the other four teams in the mix, will have their work cut out for them.

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That pitch likely will begin and end with Kobe Bryant. The future Hall of Famer is coming off a season in which he missed time recovering from a torn Achilles heel and also fractured his kneecap, injuries that limited him to a career-low six games in 2013-14.

But what else will the famed franchise have to offer Anthony? As ther LA Daily News' Mark Medina put it, coming off a franchise-worst 27-win season it's no longer enough for the Lakers to show off championship banners (though they do have 16 of them) and convince a star free agent he'll win in Los Angeles.

"They're very well aware that they can't just lean on their storied championship history because they're coming off the worst season in LA franchise history," Medina told Mark Schanowski on SportsNet Central. "So I would suspect that they'll talk about the fact that they have so much cap flexibility, they would mention how Kobe Bryant has really impressed the medical staff in terms of his rehab and the fact that, though the Lakers don't want to lean on the past, their history shows that they're willing to make the necessary spending to construct a championship roster."

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Derrick Rose, Joakim Noah and Taj Gibson were all part of the Bulls' meeting with Anthony, while Dwight Howard and James Harden were around for Anthony's stop in Houston. Expect Bryant to show up to the meeting in L.A., as he tries to sell Anthony to be the No. 2 beside him as he goes for a sixth championship ring.

"Not just because of his friendship, but because (Bryant) obviously has such a strong prominence in the Lakers organization," Medina said. "Even though he and Dwight Howard did not get along last season when they played together, Kobe Bryant was part of that meeting because he obviously shapes a huge part of the direction the Lakers will ultimately face."

See what else Medina had to say about the Lakers' recruiting pitch to Anthony in the video above.