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Kobe's advice to Carmelo Anthony: Do what makes you happy

Sep 26, 2010, 11:18 AM EDT

Anthony_Bryant.jpgKobe Bryant has been there. He has demanded a trade, he has wanted out, wanted to be anywhere else. He has wanted to go where he was relevant and the management wanted to win.

Yet he also learned the Wizard of Oz lesson — there is no place like home.

Kobe has spoken to Carmelo Anthony and offered advice some good Bart Simpson “do what you feel” advice, as Kobe told Mark Spears of Yahoo.

“We’ll see if he signs a reasonable extension and if he’s 100 percent happy that it’s where he wants to go,” Bryant told Yahoo! Sports Saturday. “If not, don’t make a move just to get out of the situation. …Make sure it’s a move that you’re very happy in and you’re comfortable with.”

“I’m closer to him than anyone else from my Olympic team,” Bryant said. “My advice is to do what he feels is right for him and his family. It starts there. He has to be happy with the situation that he is in because if your heart isn’t where it should be, it could have a half-ass effect. You don’t want that. You can’t please everybody. You just have to do what’s right for you.”

With bridges basically burning in Denver, can Anthony really stay home? Is he willing to pay the price to go where he is happy?

Kobe can provide a lot of lessons and advice. One of them is that if you win where you land, the past will be largely forgotten or forgiven.

  1. Peter - Sep 26, 2010 at 3:01 PM

    Kobe is so kind….of course he wants his to do what is in his heart, which is to leave Denver and hopefully out of the western converence whic gives Kobe an easier ride to the finals and a shot at the most wins in a season. So let me get this straight, Lebron is a bad guy for folling his heart and taking less money for doing so and get’s slammed by everyone, but Carmelo is a great guy for doing the same thing but will probably end up with a bigger contract than Lebron…..Crazy!

  2. Stryker - Sep 26, 2010 at 4:44 PM

    You must be some spin doctor for some c-grade country out there — you know how to make some statements convoluted and corrupted thus making them sound like facts.
    For one thing there is no allusion to LeBron, much less making him the bad guy. If there was anyone being alluded to by Kobe, that would be himself as he was in a similar situation before.
    The other thing is that many people slammed LeBron NOT for choosing Miami over Cleveland, BUT THE MANNER in which he has done it. His Decision 2010 media abomination is one classless and immature one.
    Crazy? Yeah right…

  3. adam - Sep 26, 2010 at 5:09 PM

    Lebron is a jerk but where he ended up was always his choice to make. That’s free agency. Maybe he’ll grow out of the jerk thing eventually but the bad guy image mostly stems from that.

  4. muhangis - Sep 26, 2010 at 7:03 PM

    Lebron is King Lame! He’s the biggest fag in the NBA for what he did

  5. Lakerfan - Sep 26, 2010 at 7:04 PM

    Can I just say this to all Kobe haters out there: Kobe is the best player in the world!?
    GO LAKERS!!!

  6. DolphinzzxZ - Sep 26, 2010 at 9:30 PM

    really..? that’s everybodys exuse – “THE WAY HE DID IT” get off his back and stop hating, he is a professional and does what is best for him.

  7. Stryker - Sep 27, 2010 at 7:29 AM

    Dude, wake up and smell the coffee. Obviously you’re in such a trance with your manly love for LeBron.
    What is it in my argument that you don’t understand? Do you have a reading disability?
    Because I agree with you, he has the right to choose what he thinks is best for him. In that regard, I will defend LBJ’s decision to switch teams. I would assume that what we are talking about is his choice of team other than Cleveland.
    I don’t hate him for hating sake. Real sports fans don’t do such a thing. I question the maturity involved in the manner of which he chose to take a new team. For the record, I’m not a Cavs fans.
    If he still stuck it out with the Cavs then this hullabaloo called Decision 2010 would have been seen by many as an apt celebration of loyalty. All those fanfare just to exult his not leaving of Cleveland. I prolly would see it as some inane antic of his like his pre-game powder-shower ritual or those dancing in the sidelines when the Cavs are winning.
    But choosing another team (doesn’t matter if it were the team I’m rooting for) just magnifies his immaturity BECAUSE OF THAT STUPID SHOW.
    Had he chose the Lakers, I’d still say the same thing.
    Had he chose the Celtics, I’d still say the same thing.
    Had he chose the Knicks, I’d still say the same thing.
    Had he chose the Mavericks, I’d still say the same thing.
    How he did it was unprecedented simply because all the basketball greats before him who switched teams the proper way WERE REAL MEN. This fellah is a man-child: The body of a man with the maturity of a clearasil-kid.
    Then again, what do you know about manhood and maturity? Likely, such concepts are alien to you. You’re prolly a man-child yourself… if not a man-wannabe.

  8. Stryker - Sep 27, 2010 at 7:35 AM

    Dude, wake up and smell the coffee. Obviously you’re in such a trance with your manly love for LeBron.
    What is it in my argument that you don’t understand? Do you have a reading disability?
    Because I agree with you, he has the right to choose what he thinks is best for him. In that regard, I will defend LBJ’s decision to switch teams. I would assume that what we are talking about is his choice of team other than Cleveland.
    I don’t hate him for hating sake. Real sports fans don’t do such a thing. I question the maturity involved in the manner of which he chose to take a new team. For the record, I’m not a Cavs fans.
    If he still stuck it out with the Cavs then this hullabaloo called Decision 2010 would have been seen by many as an apt celebration of loyalty. All those fanfare just to exult his not leaving of Cleveland. I prolly would see it as some inane antic of his like his pre-game powder-shower ritual or those dancing in the sidelines when the Cavs are winning.
    But choosing another team (doesn’t matter if it were the team I’m rooting for) just magnifies his immaturity BECAUSE OF THAT STUPID SHOW.
    Had he chose the Lakers, I’d still say the same thing.
    Had he chose the Celtics, I’d still say the same thing.
    Had he chose the Knicks, I’d still say the same thing.
    Had he chose the Mavericks, I’d still say the same thing.
    How he did it was unprecedented simply because all the basketball greats before him who switched teams the proper way WERE REAL MEN. This fellah is a man-child: The body of a man with the maturity of a clearasil-kid.
    Then again, what do you know about manhood and maturity? Likely, such concepts are alien to you. You’re prolly a man-child yourself… if not a man-wannabe.

  9. Stryker - Sep 27, 2010 at 7:40 AM

    Dude, wake up and smell the coffee. Obviously you’re in such a trance with your manly love for LeBron.
    What is it in my argument that you don’t understand? Do you have a reading disability?
    Because I agree with you, he has the right to choose what he thinks is best for him. In that regard, I will defend LBJ’s decision to switch teams. I would assume that what we are talking about is his choice of team other than Cleveland.
    I don’t hate him for hating sake. Real sports fans don’t do such a thing. I question the maturity involved in the manner of which he chose to take a new team. For the record, I’m not a Cavs fans.
    If he still stuck it out with the Cavs then this hullabaloo called Decision 2010 would have been seen by many as an apt celebration of loyalty. All those fanfare just to exult his not leaving of Cleveland. I prolly would see it as some inane antic of his like his pre-game powder-shower ritual or those dancing in the sidelines when the Cavs are winning.
    But choosing another team (doesn’t matter if it were the team I’m rooting for) just magnifies his immaturity BECAUSE OF THAT STUPID SHOW.
    Had he chose the Lakers, I’d still say the same thing.
    Had he chose the Celtics, I’d still say the same thing.
    Had he chose the Knicks, I’d still say the same thing.
    Had he chose the Mavericks, I’d still say the same thing.
    How he did it was unprecedented simply because all the basketball greats before him who switched teams the proper way WERE REAL MEN. This fellah is a man-child: The body of a man with the maturity of a clearasil-kid.
    Then again, what do you know about manhood and maturity? Likely, such concepts are alien to you. You’re prolly a man-child yourself… if not a man-wannabe.

  10. Stryker - Sep 27, 2010 at 7:43 AM

    Dude, wake up and smell the coffee. Obviously you’re in such a trance with your manly love for LeBron.
    What is it in my argument that you don’t understand? Do you have a reading disability?
    Because I agree with you, he has the right to choose what he thinks is best for him. In that regard, I will defend LBJ’s decision to switch teams. I would assume that what we are talking about is his choice of team other than Cleveland.
    I don’t hate him for hating sake. Real sports fans don’t do such a thing. I question the maturity involved in the manner of which he chose to take a new team. For the record, I’m not a Cavs fans.
    If he still stuck it out with the Cavs then this hullabaloo called Decision 2010 would have been seen by many as an apt celebration of loyalty. All those fanfare just to exult his not leaving of Cleveland. I prolly would see it as some inane antic of his like his pre-game powder-shower ritual or those dancing in the sidelines when the Cavs are winning.
    But choosing another team (doesn’t matter if it were the team I’m rooting for) just magnifies his immaturity BECAUSE OF THAT STUPID SHOW.
    Had he chose the Lakers, I’d still say the same thing.
    Had he chose the Celtics, I’d still say the same thing.
    Had he chose the Knicks, I’d still say the same thing.
    Had he chose the Mavericks, I’d still say the same thing.
    How he did it was unprecedented simply because all the basketball greats before him who switched teams the proper way WERE REAL MEN. This fellah is a man-child: The body of a man with the maturity of a clearasil-kid.
    Then again, what do you know about manhood and maturity? Likely, such concepts are alien to you. You’re prolly a man-child yourself… if not a man-wannabe.

  11. Stryker - Sep 27, 2010 at 7:47 AM

    Dude, wake up and smell the coffee. Obviously you’re in such a trance with your manly love for LeBron.
    What is it in my argument that you don’t understand? Do you have a reading disability?
    Because I agree with you, he has the right to choose what he thinks is best for him. In that regard, I will defend LBJ’s decision to switch teams. I would assume that what we are talking about is his choice of team other than Cleveland.
    I don’t hate him for hating sake. Real sports fans don’t do such a thing. I question the maturity involved in the manner of which he chose to take a new team. For the record, I’m not a Cavs fans.
    If he still stuck it out with the Cavs then this hullabaloo called Decision 2010 would have been seen by many as an apt celebration of loyalty. All those fanfare just to exult his not leaving of Cleveland. I prolly would see it as some inane antic of his like his pre-game powder-shower ritual or those dancing in the sidelines when the Cavs are winning.
    But choosing another team (doesn’t matter if it were the team I’m rooting for) just magnifies his immaturity BECAUSE OF THAT STUPID SHOW.
    Had he chose the Lakers, I’d still say the same thing.
    Had he chose the Celtics, I’d still say the same thing.
    Had he chose the Knicks, I’d still say the same thing.
    Had he chose the Mavericks, I’d still say the same thing.
    How he did it was unprecedented simply because all the basketball greats before him who switched teams the proper way WERE REAL MEN. This fellah is a man-child: The body of a man with the maturity of a clearasil-kid.
    Then again, what do you know about manhood and maturity? Likely, such concepts are alien to you. You’re prolly a man-child yourself… if not a man-wannabe.

  12. Stryker - Sep 27, 2010 at 7:50 AM

    Dude, wake up and smell the coffee. Obviously you’re in such a trance with your manly love for LeBron.
    What is it in my argument that you don’t understand? Do you have a reading disability?
    Because I agree with you, he has the right to choose what he thinks is best for him. In that regard, I will defend LBJ’s decision to switch teams. I would assume that what we are talking about is his choice of team other than Cleveland.
    I don’t hate him for hating sake. Real sports fans don’t do such a thing. I question the maturity involved in the manner of which he chose to take a new team. For the record, I’m not a Cavs fans.
    If he still stuck it out with the Cavs then this hullabaloo called Decision 2010 would have been seen by many as an apt celebration of loyalty. All those fanfare just to exult his not leaving of Cleveland. I prolly would see it as some inane antic of his like his pre-game powder-shower ritual or those dancing in the sidelines when the Cavs are winning.
    But choosing another team (doesn’t matter if it were the team I’m rooting for) just magnifies his immaturity BECAUSE OF THAT STUPID SHOW.
    Had he chose the Lakers, I’d still say the same thing.
    Had he chose the Celtics, I’d still say the same thing.
    Had he chose the Knicks, I’d still say the same thing.
    Had he chose the Mavericks, I’d still say the same thing.
    How he did it was unprecedented simply because all the basketball greats before him who switched teams the proper way WERE REAL MEN. This fellah is a man-child: The body of a man with the maturity of a clearasil-kid.
    Then again, what do you know about manhood and maturity? Likely, such concepts are alien to you. You’re prolly a man-child yourself… if not a man-wannabe.

  13. Stryker - Sep 27, 2010 at 8:05 AM

    Dude, wake up and smell the coffee. Obviously you’re in such a trance with your manly love for LeBron.
    What is it in my argument that you don’t understand? Do you have a reading disability?
    Because I agree with you, he has the right to choose what he thinks is best for him. In that regard, I will defend LBJ’s decision to switch teams. I would assume that what we are talking about is his choice of team other than Cleveland.
    I don’t hate him for hating sake. Real sports fans don’t do such a thing. I question the maturity involved in the manner of which he chose to take a new team. For the record, I’m not a Cavs fans.
    If he still stuck it out with the Cavs then this hullabaloo called Decision 2010 would have been seen by many as an apt celebration of loyalty. All those fanfare just to exult his not leaving of Cleveland. I prolly would see it as some inane antic of his like his pre-game powder-shower ritual or those dancing in the sidelines when the Cavs are winning.
    But choosing another team (doesn’t matter if it were the team I’m rooting for) just magnifies his immaturity BECAUSE OF THAT STUPID SHOW.
    Had he chose the Lakers, I’d still say the same thing.
    Had he chose the Celtics, I’d still say the same thing.
    Had he chose the Knicks, I’d still say the same thing.
    Had he chose the Mavericks, I’d still say the same thing.
    How he did it was unprecedented simply because all the basketball greats before him who switched teams the proper way WERE REAL MEN. This fellah is a man-child: The body of a man with the maturity of a clearasil-kid.
    Then again, what do you know about manhood and maturity? Likely, such concepts are alien to you. You’re prolly a man-child yourself… if not a man-wannabe.

  14. Stryker - Sep 27, 2010 at 8:10 AM

    Dude, wake up and smell the coffee. Obviously you’re in such a trance with your manly love for LeBron.
    What is it in my argument that you don’t understand? Do you have a reading disability?
    Because I agree with you, he has the right to choose what he thinks is best for him. In that regard, I will defend LBJ’s decision to switch teams. I would assume that what we are talking about is his choice of team other than Cleveland.
    I don’t hate him for hating sake. Real sports fans don’t do such a thing. I question the maturity involved in the manner of which he chose to take a new team. For the record, I’m not a Cavs fans.
    If he still stuck it out with the Cavs then this hullabaloo called Decision 2010 would have been seen by many as an apt celebration of loyalty. All those fanfare just to exult his not leaving of Cleveland. I prolly would see it as some inane antic of his like his pre-game powder-shower ritual or those dancing in the sidelines when the Cavs are winning.
    But choosing another team (doesn’t matter if it were the team I’m rooting for) just magnifies his immaturity BECAUSE OF THAT STUPID SHOW.
    Had he chose the Lakers, I’d still say the same thing.
    Had he chose the Celtics, I’d still say the same thing.
    Had he chose the Knicks, I’d still say the same thing.
    Had he chose the Mavericks, I’d still say the same thing.
    How he did it was unprecedented simply because all the basketball greats before him who switched teams the proper way WERE REAL MEN. This fellah is a man-child: The body of a man with the maturity of a clearasil-kid.
    Then again, what do you know about manhood and maturity? Likely, such concepts are alien to you. You’re prolly a man-child yourself… if not a man-wannabe.

  15. Stryker - Sep 27, 2010 at 8:23 AM

    Dude, wake up and smell the coffee. Obviously you’re in such a trance with your manly love for LeBron.
    What is it in my argument that you don’t understand? Do you have a reading disability?
    Because I agree with you, he has the right to choose what he thinks is best for him. In that regard, I will defend LBJ’s decision to switch teams. I would assume that what we are talking about is his choice of team other than Cleveland.
    I don’t hate him for hating sake. Real sports fans don’t do such a thing. I question the maturity involved in the manner of which he chose to take a new team. For the record, I’m not a Cavs fans.
    If he still stuck it out with the Cavs then this hullabaloo called Decision 2010 would have been seen by many as an apt celebration of loyalty. All those fanfare just to exult his not leaving of Cleveland. I prolly would see it as some inane antic of his like his pre-game powder-shower ritual or those dancing in the sidelines when the Cavs are winning.
    But choosing another team (doesn’t matter if it were the team I’m rooting for) just magnifies his immaturity BECAUSE OF THAT STUPID SHOW.
    Had he chose the Lakers, I’d still say the same thing.
    Had he chose the Celtics, I’d still say the same thing.
    Had he chose the Knicks, I’d still say the same thing.
    Had he chose the Mavericks, I’d still say the same thing.
    How he did it was unprecedented simply because all the basketball greats before him who switched teams the proper way WERE REAL MEN. This fellah is a man-child: The body of a man with the maturity of a clearasil-kid.
    Then again, what do you know about manhood and maturity? Likely, such concepts are alien to you. You’re prolly a man-child yourself… if not a man-wannabe.

  16. JPerz, - Sep 27, 2010 at 8:26 AM

    If you remember well LBJ said that the last time he changed his mind was that same day in the morning. Which means he wasn’t going to choose South Beach, at least not until that day. I guess that is another proof of what Kobe said about not being able to please everyone, if LBJ choose to stay in Cleveland he would have made everyone happy but himself. So I agree with Kobe in this one, if you can’t please everyone the do what is what you want and what is gonna make you happy.

  17. JBean - Sep 27, 2010 at 1:15 PM

    I live in Cleveland and I was always told “its not what you do, it’s how you do it” LeBron made an extremely poor choice in the way he deptarted Cleveland. As far as Carmelo is concerned him demanding a trade has nothing to do with what transpired with LeBron.
    And by the way, you need to brush up on how to spell dude.

  18. Mojib72 - Sep 27, 2010 at 3:10 PM

    Let’s respond to the LBJ bolting out of Cleveland/CA impending trade to God know’s where and stop acting like English professors. check ur posting and see if there is no mis-spelt word. When u live in glass house, don’t throw stone(s).

  19. Mojib72 - Sep 27, 2010 at 3:12 PM

    Let’s respond to the LBJ bolting out of Cleveland/CA impending trade to God know’s where and stop acting like English professors. check ur posting and see if there is no mis-spelt word. When u live in glass house, don’t throw stone(s).

  20. Mojib72 - Sep 27, 2010 at 3:14 PM

    Let’s respond to the LBJ bolting out of Cleveland/CA impending trade to God know’s where and stop acting like English professors. check ur posting and see if there is no mis-spelt word. When u live in glass house, don’t throw stone(s).

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