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NBA players aren't allowed to tamper, but Kobe Bryant walked a fine line Sunday afternoon at Madison Square Garden when asked about Carmelo Anthony's future.

"Well, I mean everybody wants to play in Los Angeles," said Bryant, whose 61-point Garden outing was eclipsed by Anthony's 62-point performance Friday against the Charlotte Bobcats. "New York's a beautiful place, don't get me wrong but it's colder than s*** out here.

"It's palm trees and beaches [in L.A.] obviously are a bit little more appealing," Bryant said. "If he wants to come for advice later as a friend I'll be more than happy to give it to him."

Bryant and Anthony are friends and former Olympic teammates, and there has been widespread speculation that Anthony could opt to join Bryant with the Lakers after he opts out with the Knicks this summer.

Still, a recent Yahoo! Sports column suggested that Chicago could be a more likely landing spot for Anthony this summer than L.A.

Bryant and Anthony chatted it up at halftime, but Anthony wouldn't give up exactly what they discussed.

"I can't give y'all everything we talk about, man," Anthony said. "A lot of times it's just us quote-unquote shooting the s*** and having fun and just laughing and joking. It's not always business that we're talking about, or seriousness, it's just having fun, laughing and just catching up."

Asked about the palm trees comment, Anthony said, "I love the snow. I played in Syracuse with it. You get 25 inches, so..."

Adam Zagoria covers the New York Knicks and Big East hoops for and He also appears as a Big East Basketball Insider on SNY and 1050 ESPN Radio. You can follow him on Twitter and read his blog.

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