The Los Angeles Lakers can stop thinking about asking Kobe Bryant to join the recruiting team that will convince the top free agents to sign with the franchise.
In an interview with ESPN’s Jalen Rose, the 39-year-old said that being a Laker is not for everybody because it takes a special player to do that.
“You know, the thing about this franchise is that you shouldn’t need recruiting to come in it,” he said. “It takes a special person to want to play for this franchise, and take the pressure that comes along with playing for this franchise.”
He said the franchise player coming in is aware of the pressure of following the footsteps of the Lakers greats like Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Magic Johnson, Jerry West, Shaquille O’Neal and even himself. The top players should also take on the challenge of bringing the franchise back to contention.
“And if I need to convince you come here, to carry that legacy forward, then you ain’t the one to be it,” he added.
Magic Johnson and Rob Pelinka were very busy during the recent trade deadline as they shipped Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance to the Cleveland Cavaliers for Isaiah Thomas and Channing Frye. Their intentions are clear, and that’s to clear cap space in order to sign two max players during the summer. If the Lakers do their jobs right, they would have at least $70 million to play around and get franchise players to sign up.
The Lakers are not hiding their goal of signing Paul George who seemed satisfied with playing alongside Russell Westbrook in Oklahoma Thunder. They were also targeting DeMarcus Cousins but his Achilles injury probably changed their plans.
Rumors are also going around that Lebron James wants to play for the Lakers. Among the top free agents this year are Kevin Durant, Chris Paul, Carmelo Anthony, DeAndre Jordan, Aaron Gordon, Jabari Parker, Zach LaVine, Avery Bradley, JJ Reddick and Trevor Ariza.