Carmelo Anthony Reveals LeBron James Compares Current Lakers Squad to Tom Brady’s Buccaneers: “What Made It Beautiful for the Bucs Is That Once It Came Together, It Came Together”

Published 01/13/2022, 6:45 AM EST
Nov 19, 2021; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (6) and Los Angeles Lakers forward Carmelo Anthony (7) high five during the first half against the Boston Celtics at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Paul Rutherford-USA TODAY Sports


Carmelo Anthony is one of the many veterans who came together at the start of this season to form the Lakers roster. The Lakers have started off this season in a different direction than most experts predicted. However, Carmelo Anthony believes that something LeBron James told him about Tom Brady’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers before the start of the season, still holds true today.

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Before the Lakers played their first game, LeBron already let his team know he sees them like Brady’s Buccaneers. He recently reaffirmed his belief in LeBron James’ vision of the team to recover from the slump in their form.

EAST RUTHERFORD, NEW JERSEY – JANUARY 02: (NEW YORK DAILIES OUT) Tom Brady #12 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in action against the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium on January 02, 2022, in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Buccaneers defeated the Jets 28-24. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Carmelo Anthony agrees the Lakers need to take inspiration from Tom Brady’s Buccaneers

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In his conversation with ESPN, Carmelo Anthony said, “Just from the standpoint of starting off slow and having new guys on the team. New system. Guys trying to figure it out, guys trying to figure out how to play with LeBron and [Anthony Davis] and now incorporating Russ and just now everybody figuring out what their role is…And what made it beautiful for the Bucs is that once it came together, it came together and you saw what happened with that.”

Nov 2, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (6) greets forward Carmelo Anthony (7) who checks in against the Houston Rockets during the first half at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

He further added, “It’s a great comparison. It’s something that we look forward to. We listen to it, we hear it. It’s a great comparison…and what better team and what better situation to compare it to than what the Bucs did last year?”

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Tom Brady led the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to a Super Bowl victory despite a shaky start to the season. Therefore, despite the shaky start to the season for the Lakers, Carmelo feels that just like Tampa Bay, the Lakers also have what it takes to figure it out.

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What does this mean for LeBron James and the Lakers?

LeBron and the Lakers lost to the Sacramento Kings in their last game. This reassurance from his teammates in his vision could help the Lakers reignite their spark.

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Struggling with injury and chemistry problems, the Lakers need to find it in themselves to revive their spirit. Taking inspiration from legends like Tom Brady could be the right direction for the Lakers. Do you agree? Let us know what you think about it.

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Chaitanya Dadhwal

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Chaitanya Dadhwal is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Even though his journalism is driven by his desire to understand both sides of an argument and give a neutral perspective, he is biased towards Houston Rockets and Arsenal, and he has shown exactly how loyal he can be through tough times. Currently a Law student at Jindal Global Law School, he aims to have his own sports management firm one day and enjoys rap music during his time off.

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