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December 25, 2012; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Lakers shooting guard Kobe Bryant (24) greets New York Knicks small forward Carmelo Anthony (7) following the 100-94 victory at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Kobe Bryant won't recruit Carmelo Anthony

New York Knicks’ forward Carmelo Anthony is set to become a free agent this summer.

Although the thought of playing in Los Angeles is always appealing, Lakers’ guard Kobe Bryant says he won’t recruitn Anthony.

“Well, everybody wants to play in Los Angeles,” Bryant  before the Lakers’ 110-103 loss to the Knicks on Sunday when asked about Anthony’s potential interest in joining him in purple and gold via Dave McMenamin of ESPN Los Angeles. “I mean New York is a beautiful place, don’t get me wrong, but it is colder than s— out here. You know, palm trees and beaches obviously are a little more appealing.”

Leaving New York is almost unheard of, but Bryant flirted with the idea of leaving Los Angeles when he was in a similar situation.

“All jokes aside, I think that players, when that time comes, will have to make the best decision for them and their families,” Bryant explained. “I try not to think about it too much. If he wants to call me for advice later as a friend, I will be more than happy to give it to him.”

While Bryant remains injured, Anthony is averaging 27.2 points and 9.0 rebounds per game this season.

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