LeBron James Admits Carmelo Anthony Playing Leader in Bad Situations: “Listen Man We Gotta Show Some Character”

Published 12/26/2021, 8:30 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


The Los Angeles Lakers lost to the Brooklyn Nets 122-115 at home, which is their fifth defeat in a row. LeBron James was the shining star for the Lakers on a dark night when they failed to win for more than a week. However, the Lakers showed some glimpses as they bounced back from being down by 20 points in the 3rd quarter.

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Their last win remains their overtime victory over Dallas Mavericks at the American Airlines Center. However, since then, their season has gone downhill due to consecutive losses and injuries. James scored 39 points against the Nets, but it wasn’t enough to bail the team out.

Nov 8, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward Carmelo Anthony (7) moves the ball against Charlotte Hornets guard Kelly Oubre Jr. (12) during the first half at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

However, the Lakers showed some character in the final quarter as they lead 33-2o. Carmelo Anthony played the role of a sixth man as he came off the bench and scored 17 points. James has acknowledged Melo’s performance and his leadership skills in his latest interview.

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LeBron James admits that Carmelo Anthony played leader in bringing everyone together

James showed up for the post-game interview after the team’s loss at the hands of the Brooklyn Nets. During the interview, he was asked if the team learned anything from the game and if the Lakers can still make a season out of it. To this, James acknowledged the team’s character and Carmelo Anthony’s leadership.

“So if there’s reasons or ways that we cannot dig ourselves such a bad hole, then we don’t have to come back from those moments. But it was good to just see the character,” James said.

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“Melo (Carmelo Anthony) brought us all together and said, ‘Listen we need to go and show some character’. In the fourth quarter, I think when they went up 23 and we all responded and we responded with a flurry. We just weren’t able to get over the hump.”

The Lakers struggled to score in the first half as their starters didn’t click together. If you look at the numbers, LeBron had more points than all the starters combined. Carmelo Anthony and Malik Monk, who came off the bench, had more than any non-LeBron starter against the Nets.

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The team is down at seventh in the Western Conference table with a .471 winning%. However, they have a chance of reviving their winning streak and ending their winless run against the Rockets.

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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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