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It's definitely not all sunshine and rainbows with the proposition of Carmello Anthony going to the Lakers
Critics and doubters have plenty of ammunition when disputing the validity or feasibility of this scenario. They have just as much material to draw on when talking about whether a Kobe Bryant-Anthony combination would actually work.
The biggest issue, for one, is Lakers coach Mike D'Antoni. Don't forget that D'Antoni also coached Anthony in New York and they didn't exactly get along. As much as Carmelo would love Kobe and the Lakers, he might dislike D'Antoni just as much.
The second issue is Lakers owner Jim Buss. He's kind of an extension of the first issue. He wouldn't listen to Kobe about hiring Brian Shaw as head coach, and he wouldn't listen to Dwight Howard on hiring Phil Jackson. What if 'Melo's sticking point for coming to Los Angeles was that a different coach be hired?
Well, the road would end there, because there's overwhelming evidence that Dr. Buss' son doesn't give two cents about what his best assets think about their coach.
Also, they still owe Mike Brown about $7 million from his previous contract. If fired upon the signing of Anthony, D'Antoni would still be owed another $4 million.
It's one thing to do what the Los Angeles Clippers did and pay top dollar for a good coach. It's another thing to do that after still owing two previous coaches that much money to sit at home or coach another team.
As for the issue of whether Bryant and Anthony would work well together, who knows?
We have a wealth of evidence that they wouldn't, given the fact that they're both alpha dog scorers who need the ball in their hands to be effective and both rely heavily on their isolation games when they're at their best.
As we established, that dynamic doesn't work well with Anthony and Stoudemire, and it never worked when Anthony was in Denver with Allen Iverson while he was still at an All-Star level.
On the other hand, we have just as much evidence that it could work. For one, Anthony and Bryant both managed to have supremely different roles that allowed them both to be very effective for two summers with the U.S. Olympic squads. Bryant played the role of defensive stopper in the backcourt, and Anthony played the scoring role at power forward.
By the time Anthony signs with the Lakers, Bryant will have recovered from his Achilles injury, but will be older. Maybe he organically passes the torch to Anthony as the main scorer on the team.
This would be similar to the situation where Dwyane Wade was banged up in the 2012 postseason and LeBron James was forced to be the do-it-all forward who assumed control of the team.
That arrangement ended in a world championship for them.
It's too early, and all too speculative, but Lakers fans can only hope for a brighter tomorrow, and their best chance of that is by signing Anthony.