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LeBron James says Kobe Bryant didn’t recruit him to Lakers

2014 NBA All-Star Game

NEW ORLEANS, LA - FEBRUARY 16: LeBron James #6 of the Eastern Conference All-Stars and Kobe Bryant #24 of the Western Conference All-Stars shake hands after the 2014 NBA All-Star Game as part of the 2014 All-Star Weekend at Smoothie King Center on February 16, 2014 in New Orleans, Louisiana. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2014 NBAE (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)

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Kobe Bryant said he believed the Lakers had no chance of signing LeBron James or Carmelo Anthony last summer.

That didn’t stop Kobe from making a – botchedattempt at recruiting Melo.

Apparently, Kobe didn’t put in the same effort with LeBron.

Dave McMenamin of ESPN:

Kobe recruiting him or not, LeBron almost certainly wasn’t going to sign with the Lakers. But LeBron reportedly has an affinity for Los Angeles, and the Lakers were reportedly prepared to let LeBron pick his next coach. I can’t say it was absolutely impossible LeBron would have picked the Lakers if Kobe made a push. Close to impossible, just not completely impossible.

At this point, I don’t know what Kobe wants with the rest of his career.

He’s getting paid handsomely, and he’s the Lakers’ clear go-to player. His fans are still fiercely loyal. It’s hardly a bad situation for him.

But the highest individual and team goals seem out of reach. He has only a slim chance of passing Kareem Abdul-Jabbar for most points all-time, and he won’t win a sixth championship unless the Lakers add another star or two. If they’re going to do that before Kobe retires, they’ll need his help.

He didn’t recruit LeBron, but if Kobe wants to maximize his chances of another title, he better start recruiting Kevin Durant.