By MARC RAIMONDI
Posted: 6:43 PM, December 12, 2012
Kobe Bryant (L) and Carmelo Anthony
Carmelo Anthony is the hardest man to defend in the NBA – at least according to Kobe Bryant.
The Lakers star said Anthony, the Knicks’ MVP candidate, is the “most difficult” guy for him to guard in the league, even harder than LeBron James, he told ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith on Tuesday.
“For me?” Bryant said. “Yeah.”
Bryant called Anthony, who is averaging 27.7 points per game this year, “a bull” and says he “does it all.”
“I’m [180 pounds] soaking wet,” said Bryant, who is Melo’s teammate on Team USA. “Going up against that bull, it’s fun, but it’s hard.”
As for the Knicks, Bryant said they’re playing right now “with a belief.”
“They believe that they deserve to be in the championship conversation,” Kobe said.
The Knicks play the Lakers at Madison Square Garden on Thursday night.
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