WATCH: Carmelo Anthony Gets Easy Buckets in His First Practice with the Lakers

Published 08/30/2021, 10:44 PM EDT
DENVER, CO – DECEMBER 12: Carmelo Anthony (00) of the Portland Trail Blazers prepares to face his former team the Denver Nuggets before the first quarter on Thursday, December 12, 2019. (Photo by AAron Ontiveroz/MediaNews Group/The Denver Post via Getty Images)


Better late than never, Carmelo Anthony is finally a LeBron James teammate. The Lakers fans might already be complaining about sleepless nights envisioning the pair making assists and wreaking havoc. The duo that first met almost two decades ago is getting ready to make the upcoming season their most memorable. 

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Recently, the basketball world saw King James, Russell Westbrook, and Dwight Howard hit the gym to shed some rust off. While Dwight seemed to focus on explosive strength, both Bron & Russ worked on building chemistry. But fret not, Carmelo was not far behind as he, too, showed up all well.

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Carmelo Anthony in the Lakers uniform

Carmelo will stick to his #00 jersey even as he makes his NBA debut for the Lakers. However, in the practice session, the veteran donned a purple and gold tee, making splashes with his shooting. 

Melo looked in great shape, focusing on mid-range single-dribble pull-up jumpers and some three-point shooting. This past season, he shot at an impressive 40.9% from long-range playing alongside Damian Lillard

With his recent practice session, it appears that Melo is all set for yet another iconic shooting season. If things turn out great, he might as well hit his career-high from behind the arc.

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Melo’s role for the Lake Show

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Carmelo Anthony is on a championship-contending team, probably for the first and the last time in his NBA career. The man almost had his career killed a few years ago, until the Blazers breathed life into his ambitions. That he accepted a diminished role around Dame and CJ McCollum proved he could sacrifice for his franchise.

Jun 3, 2021; Anthony Davis, LeBron James, and coach Frank Vogel react during game six in the first round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs against the Suns at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Now, the Lakers might demand a different role from him. Frank Vogel and his team of coaches would perhaps want Melo to come out with a defensive mindset rather than allowing him the freedom to take forced mid-range jumpers. This might even see a cut in his rotation minutes, but these sacrifices would take him to the distance too.

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So what do you say, will Melo have his best season in terms of win percentage? Help us know in the comments section below.

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Sourabh Singh

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Sourabh Singh is an NBA sports analyst for EssentiallySports, who has been working with the site since May 2020. Prior to this, he functioned as Managing Editor at WittyFeed, followed by a stint at Decathlon. The Sports Management graduate leads an active lifestyle, veering to the mountains for off-trail adventures.

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