It's been heard before, and quite a bit in recent years:
It was uttered again by
"It was tough for me because I know how hard he worked," the
Bryant has had his last three seasons cut short because of injuries.
He hasn't officially said it yet, but people familiar with his thinking are confident he will return for the final season of his contract. He will turn 37 in August and stand to collect $25 million next season.
"Oh, he'll be back," Anthony said. "He's going to prove to everybody that he's coming back. He'll be back for sure."
Bryant will need about nine months of recovery and rehabilitation after undergoing shoulder surgery last Wednesday.
Here's the pitch
But he liked what he saw from the Lakers, who asked movie producer
"It was a great pitch," Anthony said. "I might take that from them, take what they did and start recruiting on my own over here."
Lakers business vice president Tim Harris quarterbacked the business side of the meeting. Other speakers included
Representatives from Anschutz Entertainment Group and Time Warner Cable talked to Anthony about the size and scope of the Los Angeles market.
Anthony particularly liked the trailer, which was entitled "Third Act." The first act centered on his early
"Yeah, the film, I wish I could get my hands on that," Anthony said. "It was a good film."
After narrowing his choice to the Lakers, Chicago, Houston, Dallas and New York, Anthony signed a five-year, $124-million deal with the Knicks. The Lakers could offer only four years and $95.9 million.