Jan 24, 2014; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks small forward Carmelo Anthony (7) smiles at the end of the game against the Charlotte Bobcats at Madison Square Garden. the Knicks won 125-96. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Trade Rumors: Magic, Kobe, make pitches to Carmelo Anthony

Jan 26, 2014; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks small forward Carmelo Anthony (7) shoots the ball as Los Angeles Lakers center Pau Gasol (16) defends during the fourth quarter at Madison Square Garden. The Knicks won 110-103. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports

You knew when the New York Knicks visited the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday that the Carmelo Anthony to Los Angeles rumors would almost upstage the game.

Current Lakers’ star Kobe Bryant and for Lakers legend Magic Johnson both offered advice to Melo, but interesting enough, both Kobe and Magic had different advice for Anthony.

While Bryant didn’t actively make a push for Anthony to join him in Lakerland, he did point out the differences between New York and Los Angeles to Anthony, telling Dave McMenamin of ESPNLosAngeles.com:

”Well, everybody wants to play in Los Angeles,” Bryant said before his Lakers got underway against the Knicks. “I mean New York is a beautiful place, don’t get me wrong, but it is colder than [expletive] out here. You know, palm trees and beaches obviously are a little more appealing.”

Johnson though had a different opinion altogether, urging Melo to stay in New York.

It’s interesting Johnson would be so adamant about Anthony staying in New York, only because Johnson is a longtime Laker and former part-owner of the team.

As for Kobe’s pitch about the weather, everyone wants the sun at this time of the year, but the cold likely won’t play into Melo’s decision. He did go to Syracuse and was born in Brooklyn, so Anthony is plenty used to the cold months by now.

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