‘We Can Be Honest’: Carmelo Anthony Explains Why he Was Able to Fit in With the Lakers

Published 11/01/2021, 8:34 AM EDT
Oct 29, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward Carmelo Anthony (7) moves the ball against Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kevin Pangos (6) during the first half at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports


Who would have thought that a player, who had to be rescued back into the NBA by the Portland Trail Blazers, will become a potential candidate for the Sixth Man of the Year award in 2021? Well, the way Carmelo Anthony has been performing for the Los Angeles Lakers off the bench, winning that award is definitely a possibility.

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After playing two seasons with the Blazers, Melo found himself playing with an old friend, LeBron James. However, playing for a new team takes a while to adapt to. And here’s what Melo has felt playing for the purple and gold.

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What it’s like being a part of the Los Angeles Lakers

The Lakers haven’t had the most ideal start to their 2021-22 NBA season. Apart from their preseason being a total bust, they’re nowhere at the top of the Western Conference, contrary to what was expected of them. Nevertheless, if there is one player in their roster who hasn’t been disappointing at all, it’s Carmelo Anthony.

October 8, 2021; San Francisco, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward Carmelo Anthony (7) shoots the basketball against Golden State Warriors forward Nemanja Bjelica (8) during the first quarter at Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Fitting in such a star-studded roster is probably not a piece of cake. So, after their recent win against the Houston Rockets, Melo commented on what it’s like being a Laker. “It was all about me being able to adapt. New environment, new situation, new players. What makes it easier for myself is that fact that I have the minds that I have on the team. The fact that we can be honest with one another…” Melo stated.

He emphasized the fact that the team is very honest with one another. He continued, “We can hold each other accountable; they can hold me accountable, I can hold them accountable. People take that for granted when you are on a team and you’re trying to win, and you have goals..”

Carmelo Anthony has been an enormous boost off the bench

The Lakers just grabbed their second straight win against the Houston Rockets with a 95-85 score. Apart from their incredible defense and starting Anthony Davis as a center, it was Melo from the arc that made a big difference.

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He contributed 23 points, 5 of 8 came from the perimeter. And while we all thought LeBron James‘ chemistry with AD is unparalleled, Melo and Bron are also quite the duos. He has become a consistent three-point shooter for the team, along with winning fans’ hearts. “For me, again, I’m going to always go back to being able to adapt into whatever situation that I’m put in,” he concluded.

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And it’s clear that he’s living up to that statement as well. But can he keep up his stellar performance throughout the season? Or will his capability with the Lakers face obstacles in the time to come?

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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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