The Los Angeles Lakers were the last of Anthony's non-New York suitors to make their case. They attempted to sell him on the emergence of an altogether new level of star power and marketability, showing him a short film made by The Matrix producer Joel Silver.
The meeting—which included Lakers great James Worthy—wound up lasting two-and-a-half hours.
Whatever was conveyed in the meeting with Anthony seemed to make an impact.
Yahoo Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski reported that according to league sources, "The Los Angeles Lakers have ascended into serious contention to sign New York free agent Carmelo Anthony."
He reports, "One source close to Anthony said of the Lakers, 'They're in the game now.'"
Why Carmelo Should Sign with the Lakers
If you're going to sell out, you might as well do it in style. Anthony could pick up where Kobe Bryant leaves off and be a star for an iconic franchise. There's a lot to like about where his career could go from there.
Moreover, the Lakers have always been able to attract new talent. With another cornerstone like Anthony in place, that would become even easier. Anthony and Bryant could almost certainly lure another key piece or two and position themselves to be a very good team this season.
Like New York, the Lakers are coming off a down season. The difference is that Los Angeles already has Bryant, Steve Nash and enough money to surround them with someone like Anthony—along with some additional talent.
Why Carmelo Should Avoid Los Angeles
Would Anthony and Bryant really mesh on the court? According to ESPN.com's Ramona Shelburne, "Bryant has a long history and friendship with Anthony and has been courting him for some time," so we can assume they get along off the court just fine.
But that's not the issue.
Both of these guys like to dominate the ball, working in the post and isolating. Their mutual need for touches would seem to clash pretty directly. The Lakers undoubtedly put on a good show and gave Anthony something to think about, but the problem here is a basketball issue.
LA just doesn't offer the same kind of chemistry or fit Chicago might bring to the table.
Finally, there are a lot of unknowns about what the Lakers can actually put together this summer and next. The club doesn't even have a coach yet. Maybe things work out, but what if they don't? The organization has too many question marks. In comparison, and under Phil Jackson's leadership, the Knicks and Bulls are more known commodities.