‘Funny as Hell’: Lakers’ Carmelo Anthony Reacts to His Hilarious Pump Fake Free Throw vs Warriors

Published 10/22/2021, 8:30 AM EDT
October 8, 2021; San Francisco, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward Carmelo Anthony (7) shoots the basketball against Golden State Warriors forward Nemanja Bjelica (8) during the first quarter at Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports


The NBA recently announced the list of 75 greatest players of all time that included LeBron James, Anthony Davis, Carmelo Anthony, and Russell Westbrook from the current Lakers roster. However, the quartet couldn’t help the Lakers win their opening game against the Warriors.

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The Los Angeles Lakers lost their opening game of the season for the fourth consecutive time. However, despite losing the likes of LeBron James, Anthony Davis, and Carmelo Anthony had a great game. Anthony scored nine points in the Lakers loss at the Staples Center.

Oct 6, 2021; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward Carmelo Anthony (7) against Phoenix Suns guard Chris Paul (3) during a preseason game at Footprint Center. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

However, he made a weird decision during the game while taking a free throw. Anthony pump-faked a free throw during the game and it resulted in the refs charging him with a violation. Later, he reacted to his free throw and said it was hilarious.

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Carmelo Anthony wanted to save face on that forgetful attempt

During the third quarter, Carmelo Anthony stepped up to take a couple of free shots after being fouled. His second attempt never left his hand, and the ref blew his whistle for a free-throw violation. “That was funny as hell,” Anthony said.

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“It wasn’t really a pump fake. The ball hit my forehead so if I would have continued, it would have been an airball. So I was like ‘I’m not taking an airball’ so I’ll take a violation. I’d rather take a violation than an airball. It’s the little things that people don’t see within the game and that was one of them.”

Melo has been an ade[t average free throw shooter throughout his career, and had his best season last year, when he shot 89% from the charity stripe on 2.2 attempts per game. Despite this, he had a forgetful moment on that second free throw attempt vs the Warriors and left with a violation.

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It was a hilarious moment and will certainly make it to the bloopers compilation at the end of the season. What did you think of the ‘pump fake’? Let us know in the comments below.

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Abhishek Singh

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Abhishek is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports with over two years of journalistic experience with Chase Your Sport and Dribl. A Football Management graduate, he has previously interned in the Indian Super League, I-League and the AFC Champions League. In addition to being a Michael Jordan fan, Abhishek is an ardent Steph Curry and Warriors guy, and believes they have a few more championships in store before the former retires.

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