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Kobe Bryant said he's "afraid" of life after basketball.

"You really have to lean on muses and mentors going forward, just as I did as a kid. It's about having that next wave of things, which is scary as hell, but it's fun at the same time," Bryant said. He seems like a basketball lifer and may play beyond the two years of his current deal. Bryant should be 100 percent healthy coming into the 2014-15 season and is a decent risk-reward pick in the early rounds of fantasy drafts.

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Kobe Bryant intends to meet with Carmelo Anthony following Anthony's meeting with the Knicks on Thursday.

Kobe was expected to be with the Lakers earlier for a meeting, but he couldn't make it on time. Melo and Bryant are close friends and he may have more power in persuading Anthony than any other Lakers' front-office guy. This meeting makes it less likely that we see Melo make his decision tonight.

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Kobe Bryant will be present when the Lakers host unrestricted free agent Carmelo Anthony.

The Lakers will host Carmelo Anthony on a free agent visit Thursday and Bryant flew in from a European vacation late Wednesday night so that he could join the meeting. Kobe and Melo are long-time friends and the Lakers are hoping Bryant will be able to convince Anthony to come to Los Angeles and help rebuild the team with Bryant. Anthony has said he prioritizes winning a championship at this point in his career, however, so a decision to sign with the Lakers would seemingly fly in the face of that line of thought.

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General manager Mitch Kupchak said on Thursday that Kobe Bryant (knee) is "fine."

"Obviously he has to prove that," Kupchak said. "He looks great." The Lakers' injuries last season were unprecedented in this era of hoops, but at least they were able to get Julius Randle out of it. Bryant has been taking in some World Cup action in Brazil and has recently said he's 100 percent. He could be a nice value pick in the early rounds of drafts after a disastrous 2013-14.

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Kobe Bryant said during a recent interview in Brazil that his knee is "100 percent" healthy.

He was taking in Brazil to watch the World Cup, but took a moment to address his health and the Lakers' prospects for next season. "We only have three players from last year's team signed to contracts ... we don't have a coach, so it's literally like starting from scratch," he said. "It [will be] a very, very tough season but what's life without a few challenges?" He seemed to include himself in the Lakers' search for a new coach, saying, "We're really going to take our time and pick the right person," which is worth noting since GM Mitch Kupchak has suggested he wouldn't consult Kobe during the search.

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Kobe Bryant responded directly to U.S. soccer coach Jrgen Klinsmann's criticism regarding his recent 2-year, $48.5 million contract extension.

"I thought it was pretty funny. I thought it was pretty comical actually," Bryant said. "I see his perspective. But the one perspective that he's missing from an ownership point of view is that you want to be part of an ownership group that is rewarding its players for what they've done while balancing the team going forward. If you're another player in the future and you're looking at the Lakers organization, you want to be a part of an organization that takes care of its players while at the same time planning for the future."

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The Lakers plan to interview more head coach candidates than the five they've spoken to already -- Mike Dunleavy, Alvin Gentry, Lionel Hollins, Kurt Rambis and Byron Scott.

Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak is expected to speak with Derek Fisher on the phone in the near future but it's unclear whether Fisher, who is also being courted by the Knicks, will be invited for an in-person interview. According to USA Today's Sam Amick, the five existing candidates are all still in the running.

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The Lakers have interviewed Kurt Rambis for their vacant head coaching position, and they'll meet with Alvin Gentry and Lionel Hollins later in the week.

L.A.'s pool of candidate seems to quickly be taking shape, and the emphasis on veteran coaches meshes with Kobe Bryant's desire to immediately compete for a championship. Whether that's feasible remains to be seen, as L.A. only has three players under contract for the 2014-15 season.

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The Lakers are looking for their next head coach to get the most out of Kobe Bryant's abilities, according to General Manager Mitch Kupchak.

Kupchak thinks that Kobe will be in full attack mode when he returns from his knee injury next season and even though the Laker won't consult Bryant as part of their coaching search, the Lakers' GM is looking for a coach to help maximize Bryant's production. "He's under contract for two more years, and we think he's a very integral part of this team," Kupchak said. "We have to make sure that whoever we hire as a coach can really get the most productivity out of him, whether it's scoring the ball or playmaking or the threat that he may score." Kupchak also added that Kobe "looks good" so far in the early stages of his recovery from a fractured lateral tibial plateau in his left knee, so that's at least a small nugget of good news for Bryant's fantasy owners in dynasty leagues.

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Kobe Bryant (knee, Achilles) said his health is at "100 percent."