Carmelo Anthony Reveals LeBron James’ Pitch to Recruit Him to the Los Angeles Lakers

Published 09/20/2021, 1:15 AM EDT


With the season almost in full gear, a team that everyone is eager to watch are the Los Angeles Lakers. They made some big moves this season and fans are curious to see how LeBron James and the Lakers will work together in the coming season.

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Notably, one of their major signings was free agent, Carmelo Anthony. Recently, Melo spoke about how LeBron called him about joining with the Lakers.

DENVER, CO – FEBRUARY 12: LeBron James (23) of the Los Angeles Lakers celebrates the final horn against the Denver Nuggets during overtime quarter of Los Angeles’ 120-116 win on Wednesday, February 12, 2020. (Photo by AAron Ontiveroz/MediaNews Group/The Denver Post via Getty Images)

Carmelo Anthony reveals call with LeBron James

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Nothing was going Melo’s way when he wasn’t in the league for a year. However, it all changed when the Portland Trailblazers signed him. He accepted a smaller role and embraced it. Likewise, he became an important player for them off the bench.

But this season. they decided not to sign him, which is why he came to LA. But what exactly did LeBron say to Melo to convince him to join the Lakers? Well, it wasn’t much.

Carmelo said, “It was real call though, it wasn’t like no bulls**t. I wasn’t expecting it from him. I mean, we talked about it years before. And I heard it, that’s my brother, I knew him since we was fifteen sixteen. I heard it, like ‘yo, I need you.’ Say less, ain’t gotta say nothing, I already know what time it is.” 

While they couldn’t team up years before, this time around it was a different story. Carmelo felt it, and that was all it took. He said: “He hit me and he was like, ‘yo champ, like the time is now.’ And I felt it, like I felt the time is now. Just a different vibe, different aura, different energy around, time is now.”

Now, with Melo on the Lakers, how are they compared to the last season?

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Are the Lakers better?

While injuries were the main story of last season, it was evident that there are several voids in their forces. However, with the new additions this season, all looks good.

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SHENZHEN, CHINA – OCTOBER 12: #23 Lebron James of the Los Angeles Lakers reacts during a preseason game as part of 2019 NBA Global Games China at Shenzhen Universiade Center on October 12, 2019 in Shenzhen, Guangdong, China. (Photo by Stringer/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

One issue was the lack of a facilitator. Now, they have Russell Westbrook, who is the best in the business, being the assist leader with over 11 per game. Moreover, they also brought back Rajon Rondo from the Clippers to add depth in the point guard spot.

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When it comes to shooting concerns, they have players like Carmelo Anthony and Wayne Ellington to provide shooting stability as well. Hence, there is no doubt that the front office has made tactical decisions to get better.

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Anuj Talwalkar

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Anuj Talwalkar is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. He is a student studying at NM College in Mumbai, aspiring to pursue sports management to follow his love for sports. Anuj started following the NBA last year, and he loves to combine his passion for writing with his understanding of basketball.

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