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article imageOp-Ed: Why won't LeBron James join Kobe Bryant to boost Lakers team?

By Leo Reyes     Jul 17, 2013 in Sports
The Los Angeles Lakers' superstar Kobe Bryant has been trying to help his team in scouting for new faces to boost the Lakers roster of players in preparation for the upcoming NBA season.
One of the names that cropped up in his search for new players who can help the sagging popularity of his team is NBA's most valuable player and Miami Heat's superstar LeBron James.
The two-time NBA season champ has the option to become a free agent once his contract with the Heat expires or he renews his contract for another season with the Heat.
There have been unconfirmed reports that have been swirling around even before Heat's victory over the San Antonio Spurs in the last NBA season, but James dismissed the news as just that—plain unconfirmed rumors.
But the news won't die down as Bryant appears to be serious in courting the Heat superstar and New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony.
Bryant's effort to get these two NBA superstars to play for his team in the next season looks far-fetched.
In the case of James, the Heat will make every effort to keep him with the team for a third successive attempt at the NBA title in the upcoming season.
For sure, James will forever cherish the idea of having to play a major role in what appears to be the beginning of the Heat's unstoppable winning streak.
The Heat had an almost unmatched record for having registered a 27-game winning streak in the the last NBA season. A win streak for the most prestigious NBA title is every player's dream and it could happen as the Heat aims to clinch another title in the next season.
For his part, James has not even entertained the idea of joining Bryant at Lakers and has not even talked about his 2014 plan as he tries to downplay such rumors.
"It's all wishful thinking at this point," a league source with knowledge of the situation told ESPN. "Teams are doing more wishing than LeBron is wanting right now.
"It's not about where LeBron wants to go [to win]. He already has two rings. If LeBron moved to Reno, teams would come to him."
On Anthony's rumored team up with Bryant as part of the triumvirate similar to the "Three Kings" of the Heat composed of James, Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh, the Knicks forward has not talked about it in public.
Kobe Bryant
Kobe Bryant
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Bryant has admitted his involvement in the recruiting process of his team even if it results in his pay cut since both James and Anthony are two of today's highest-paid players and joining the Lakers will most likely affect his pay which is reported to be over $30 million.
"It's an open conversation, via text and also meeting in person and just picking up the phone and calling," Bryant said of his involvement. "They've kept me in the loop pretty well."
Meanwhile, James is travelling to the Philippines on July 23 as part of Nike's "Leave a Message" campaign.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of
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