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NBA: Kobe in for pitch as Lakers court Carmelo

Published on Jul 4, 2014 6:23 AM

LOS ANGELES (AFP) - The courting of coveted NBA free agent Carmelo Anthony was in high gear Thursday, with superstar Kobe Bryant reportedly breaking a European vacation to help the Los Angeles Lakers woo him.

Anthony, a seven-time NBA All-Star, opted out of the final season of his New York Knicks contract in June in order to test the free agent market.

Anthony has already met with the Dallas Mavericks, Chicago Bulls and Houston Rockets in a whirlwind tour since free agent negotiations opened on Tuesday.

The Bulls rolled out the red carpet, and Anthony's arrival at their arena - where he strolled past the statue of Michael Jordan - was caught by a throng of local television cameras.

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