Then two of their officials hopped on a private jet and headed to Cleveland to meet with
It was a stealth move for sure.
Some officials high up in the Lakers' organization didn't even know a meeting was scheduled Friday, but the Lakers were one of several teams allowed to talk to the representative of one of the game's most dynamic players.
If the Lakers impress James' first line of defense, they might be able to sit down with him in person. Lakers General Manager
The Lakers have enough salary-cap space to sign either James or Anthony to a maximum contract, but the duo would have to take substantial pay cuts to play together in Los Angeles.
The Lakers were able to woo Anthony in person Thursday afternoon while he spent 21/2 hours at their training facility in El Segundo.
Executives from Anschutz Entertainment Group and Time Warner Cable pitched him on the size and scope of the Los Angeles market. Movie producer
Harris quarterbacked the business side of the meeting,
Team executives Jim Buss and Kupchak talked strictly basketball with Anthony, who is also considering Dallas, Houston and Chicago and met with his old team, New York, later Thursday.
At the very least, this meeting wasn't nearly as tense as the one the Lakers held a year ago with
Howard went to Houston, and the
One person familiar with the meeting with Anthony called it "an enjoyable time spent with a very nice guy who was truly engaged in the conversation."
Bryant was not there but planned to meet with Anthony privately.
If the Lakers sign him, they think they can get
Silver, who produced
The trailer he put together was entitled "Third Act." The first act was about Anthony's early career, the second part touched on his struggles in Denver and New York, and the third act was about a Lakers future, interspersed with images of Los Angeles and Lakers legends such as
After the meeting, Kupchak walked Anthony to his car, along with Anthony's agent, Leon Rose. Anthony declined to comment.
He was the toast of Chicago on Tuesday, his appearance for a meeting with the
Houston saluted Anthony with large electronic images of him wearing a No.7 Rockets jersey outside its arena, but it only managed to irritate Rockets guard
The Lakers didn't want to make such gaffes. They kept it simple. They told Anthony they didn't need him to sell tickets. They needed him to win games.
The last line in Silver's four-minute video pretty much said it all: It's up to you, Carmelo.