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Kobe Bryant says he’d be willing to mentor Jabari Parker or Andrew Wiggins

PHOTO: L.A. Times
PHOTO: L.A. Times

Andrew Wiggins or Jabari Parker?

It’s a question that a lot of NCAA and NBA fans have been asking themselves over the past few months.

The Lakers would also like to be asking themselves the same question on June 26 when the 2014 NBA Draft takes place, though the team would likely need to land the top selection in the draft to be in the position to make such a decision.

Landing the number one pick is still possible, though, thanks to the league’s lottery on May 20.

So, if the Lakers do end up with the dilemma of Parker or Wiggins, who should they choose?

That’s a question for Mitch Kupchak and Jim Buss – and one they likely wouldn’t answer, anyway – but it sounds like Kobe Bryant would be cool with either player being his teammate next season.

“Both have great potential,” Bryant wrote on his Twitter page when a fan asked which of the two freshman he’d rather see the Lakers land this summer. “I’d mentor either one.”

That’s great to hear, especially seeing as there’s already talk that the Lakers might attempt to trade their lottery pick to bring Kevin Love to Los Angeles this offseason.

Some have suggested that the Lakers try and trade the pick for a proven star like Love to appease Bryant who has admitted that he has no interest in the purple and gold waiting until 2015 to sign big name free agents.

However, if Kobe is truly willing to be patient and would take a guy like Parker or Wiggins under his wing, the Lakers may be able to stick to the smarter plan of holding onto their lottery selection and then chase Love during 2015 free agency.

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