LeBron James on Getting to Play With Carmelo Anthony in the Lakers: “I’m Happy as Hell I Finally Get the Opportunity to Team Up With Him for a Full Season.”

Published 01/03/2022, 6:00 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 and Avery Bradley turned up in the clutch to beat a shorthanded Minnesota Timberwolves. LeBron James and Malik Monk may have led the scoring as per the box score. However, it was Carmelo Anthony and Avery Bradley’s plays in the last minutes that sealed the game for the Lakers.

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In the post-game press conference, LeBron James acknowledged his good friend Carmelo’s contribution to the team’s performance. He had nothing but praises for his close friend. In fact, he felt grateful to be playing with Carmelo Anthony at this point in their careers. This is what LeBron James said during the post-game press conference.

Jan 2, 2022; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (6) and guard Russell Westbrook (0) celebrate a scoring play against the Minnesota Timberwolves during the second half at Crypto.com Arena. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

LeBron James showers praise on Carmelo for clutch performance

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After the close but hard-fought victory against the Timberwolves, LeBron could not stop praising Carmelo. Describing Anthony as a “breath of fresh air”, James said that he is “Happy as hell” that he got “the opportunity to team up with him for a full season”.

When LeBron describes anything related to Carmelo, one knows it’s straight from his heart. From their draft class to “the call” before signing for the Lakers, LeBron and Carmelo have shared a lot of lifelong memories. Their friendship with Chris Paul and Dwyane Wade is what we famously referred to as the Banana Boat Buddies.

Jan 2, 2022; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (6) shoots against Minnesota Timberwolves forward Jarred Vanderbilt (8) during the second half at Crypto.com Arena. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports
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What does this mean for the Los Angeles Lakers?

Carmelo Anthony and Avery Bradley were the saviors for the Lakers in this game. The Lakers were up against a team that did not have their top 2 star players available. Most fans believed that the Lakers would cruise to a victory, especially looking at the form LeBron James is in. While LeBron performed considerably well tonight, it was Carmelo and Avery who stole the show.

Jan 2, 2022; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward Carmelo Anthony (7) shoots against Minnesota Timberwolves center Naz Reid (11) during the second half at Crypto.com Arena. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

The Lakers are now a .500 team with their record standing at 19-19. They are set to face the struggling Sacramento Kings in their next game. Will the Lakers be able to maintain their consistency and go onwards and upwards from here? Since they needed a clutch contribution from their bench, will they slip up against the Kings? 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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