We know that free agent Carmelo Anthony visited the Lakers. We think that the Lakers made a very strong pitch. And we’re hearing that Anthony played hoops Sunday at UCLA with not only Kobe Bryant but Kevin Love! Note the decreasing certainty of those three sentences. However, it’s one thing to hear something from, you know, the interwebs, it’s another thing to see this tweet from an assistant men’s basketball coach at UCLA:
Carmelo Anthony, Kobe Bryant and Kevin Love here at UCLA playing pick up!!! That’s what happens here at UCLA!!!!
— David Grace (@CoachDavidGrace) July 6, 2014
And he’s not the only Bruins staffer who made this claim. Josh Rebholz, a senior associate athletic director for external relations, tweeted something similar (he later deleted the tweet, which is why I’m embedding another person’s screen grab of it):
Now, none of this, even if it’s true, necessarily means anything in terms of Anthony’s decision to possibly leave the Knicks. Maybe he and Bryant just wanted to play some ball; they are professional ballplayers, after all, so that’s kind of what they do. And Love, who, by the way, is still under contract with the Timberwolves, played a year of college ball at UCLA, so he may have been hanging around there looking to play pickup with whomever hit the gym. Or he may not have been there at all.
If Carmelo Anthony and Kobe Bryant were playing ball at UCLA today, one thing’s for sure, source tells Yahoo: Kevin Love wasn’t with them.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 6, 2014
Kevin Love was not working out with Kobe and Carmelo this weekend, per source. No idea if Kobe/Melo did, but Love wasn’t a part of it.
— Chris Mannix (@ChrisMannixSI) July 7, 2014
Boy, if Kobe and Carmelo were going at it, though, you’d like to think that someone at UCLA would have grabbed his or her smartphone and shot some video. In any case, we can add this to Dan Gilbert’s plane/LeBron story in the “NBA Free Agency Rumors” file. And it certainly won’t quell the talk that Carmelo may take himself and his wife LaLa to La-La Land.