“LeGrandmamma”: Fans Roast Carmelo Anthony for Comparing Lakers to Italian Grandmother

Published 09/19/2021, 11:15 AM EDT
NEW YORK, USA – JANUARY 22: LeBron James of Los Angeles Lakers is seen prior to NBA match between the Los Angeles Lakers and the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden in New York, United States on January 22, 2020. (Photo by Tayfun Coskun/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)


The conversation around the Los Angeles Lakers forming a team filled with older players just doesn’t seem to die down. And because of this factor, viewers and analysts are even excluding them from being title contenders this season, even before they got a chance to step on the court. While some are continuing to bash them, there are some who are jumping to their defense. In fact, Carmelo Anthony went too far to make his point using LeBron James that instead of fans taking him seriously, they ended up making a mockery out of it.

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The Los Angeles Lakers added plenty of firepower this offseason. Enough to worry everyone in the West, but for some reason, a lot of them aren’t taking this new star-studded roster seriously. What could be the reason to criticize a team that has LeBron James, Russell Westbrook, Anthony Davis, Dwight Howard, Carmelo Anthony, Kent Bazemore, and many more?

Well, it seems like age is the biggest reason. A lot of their newly acquired talent consists of players above 32 years of age. So, the perception is that they may look good on paper but aren’t on the hardwood. However, when Melo was asked about all this talk, he had a response that had fans rolling on the floor on Twitter.

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Los Angeles, CA, Monday, December 28, 2020 – Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) looks to pass while covered by Portland Trail Blazers forward Robert Covington (23) during first half action at Staples Center. (Robert Gauthier/ Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)

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Carmelo Anthony’s wild comparison to LeBron James

In an interview with Ebony, he opened up about his thoughts on all the criticism they are facing. He confessed that this is something they had seen coming. He showed some anger by asking why is it that old age means that they aren’t any better? In fact, as per Melo, they are only getting wiser and better with age, not the other way around.

But instead of stopping there, Melo went a little bit ahead. He further explained, “It’s like .. you go to an Italian restaurant, you got the grandmother in there who’s 900 years old cooking the food. The food comes out amazing, though.”

He said, “You’re not gonna say she’s too old to be cooking. You’re gonna taste and enjoy that food. It’s the same situation with us. We’re the cooks in the kitchen. When you taste the food, you’re gonna love the food. That’s how I look at it.” Fans definitely did not handle this comparison well and went off on a spree to mock Melo.

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The Lakers might be the oldest team in the league right now, but that’s what makes them ideal for a title. They have plenty of experience, the only thing they need to work on is making all these superstars fit. As long as that happens, there is no way they can be stopped.

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Yashima Bhatia

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Yashima Bhatia is an NBA writer for EssentiallySports who specialises in providing nuanced predictions and updates for matches. She has a Bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communication. Yashima's love for playing the game came up at a young age, when the excitement of the games coupled with the intensity of the Playoffs had her hooked.

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