Kobe Bryant will meet Carmelo Anthony personally later Thursday night in Los Angeles in efforts to recruit him to the Lakers.
Where will they meet? Will they be at Kobe's house? His favorite restaurant? Favorite club? Where? We're all dying to know, right? Not really. Just like Joakim Noah personally recruited Melo for Chicago, Kobe is being told to do the same here. He'll take him out, show him a good time and Melo will move on to the next city to check the local flavor. Either way, none of this matters to the fantasy world until he officially signs somewhere.ANALYST: Howard Bender
Phillies recalled Cody Asche from Triple-A Lehigh Valley.
The Phillies seem ready to commit to Asche as their new starting left fielder which certainly gums up the outfield configuration for veterans like Ben Revere, Grady Sizemore and Jeff Francoeur. It also displaces Darin Ruf. While they may be happy with the defensive work he did down in the minors, Asche's bat never really heated up, so the team is still going to have some serious offensive woes. This plan may have looked good on paper, but it should be re-visited in a couple of weeks to see how things are panning out. Analysis: Howard Bender