‘Couldn’t Have Came at a Better Time’: Carmelo Anthony Talks About Teaming Up With LeBron James at Lakers

Published 08/09/2021, 11:30 PM EDT

The Los Angeles Lakers made some serious signings going into the new season. From superstars to NBA veterans, they did not leave a single stone unturned. Notably, they signed Carmelo Anthony from the Portland Trailblazers. Now, we will finally get to see LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony play together.


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Before this, it was quite a rough journey for Carmelo Anthony, who went through major changes in his NBA career. Going from one of the brightest scorers to coming off the bench, he had to adapt. However, he did not give up on basketball and got the opportunity to play for Portland 2 years ago.

May 15, 2021; Indianapolis, Indiana, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) gets a high five from forward Anthony Davis (3) after a foul in the second quarter against the Indiana Pacers at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports

Now, he has joined forces with LeBron James, one of his best friends. He spoke about his move to the Lakers and playing with LeBron.


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Melo and LeBron James laughed about playing together

In a conversation, Carmelo revealed how he and LeBron would laugh about playing together one day. However, here we are with Melo and James on the Lakers. Also, Anthony thinks there could not have been a better time to team up. Carmelo said:

“The time is now for us to be on the same team. It couldn’t have came at a better time.”


Carmelo Anthony, accepting the role of a bench player, was impressive in his two seasons at Portland. He played just like the skilled scorer he is known to be, averaging 13.4 points per game in 25 minutes of game time.

Over the last two seasons, he has proved that he still possesses the skill to score and be an offensive threat. With a playmaker like LeBron James by his side, this will only be enhanced.

Rivals to Teammates: Melo and the King

While they are best friends now, it did not always start off that way. Melo and LeBron have been rivals since their high school days. Moreover, they were even drafted in the same year. Both of them competed for the Rookie of the Year, but LeBron James took it home.

Feb 26, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Portland Trail Blazers forward Carmelo Anthony (00) is defended by Los Angeles Lakers guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (1) in the first half at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

However, that did not faze Melo, as he remained on top of his game. He was scoring over anyone and everyone while playing for the Nuggets and Knicks. But, in time, he transitioned into a role player from a centerpiece. This is one reason he will work great with LeBron right now.


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James’ efficiency still lives on as he gives the Lakers 25/8/8 per night. If they teamed up in their prime, it would be difficult for them to co-exist as they both would need the ball to help the team win. However, with Melo’s role changing and LeBron becoming more of a facilitator, they are in a perfect situation.

NEW YORK – JUNE 30: Jason Kidd, Kobe Bryant, Carmelo Anthony and LeBron James attend the U.S. Olympic Men’s Basketball Team unveiling of their new team look to fans at the Water Club and Rockefeller Center on June 30, 2008 in New York City. (Photo by Johnny Nunez/WireImage)

Do you think the ‘King’ can give Carmelo Anthony his much-desired championship? Let us know in the comments below.


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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.