It’s been over a decade, but at one point, Carmelo Anthony and LeBron James were big rivals. Anthony was in Syracuse, and LeBron was still in high school, but the two players were fighting to be the first pick in the 2003 NBA draft.
Skip ahead to the 2003 NBA Draft, and James was snapped up first overall by the Cleveland Cavaliers, while Carmelo Anthony ended up being drafted third overall by the Denver Nuggets. Both players got off to great starts to their NBA careers, but while Anthony has slowed down, James is still an MVP candidate.
Ever since Anthony left the Knicks to join the Thunder, he hasn’t been the same player that he once was. Some of it has to do with ageing. After joining the Houston Rockets to start off this NBA season, Anthony failed to fit in and was subsequently waived.
Now that Anthony isn’t currently on an NBA team, it’s been a large question as to whether he would retire or not. It seems that Anthony doesn’t feel ready to retire yet, and is looking for a good team to sign with. Anthony hasn’t won a championship yet in his career, and probably wants to sign with a contender for that reason.
According to a report from The Athletic, LeBron James would like the Lakers to sign the 34 year old veteran. When asked further questions regarding Anthony coming to LA, LeBron said that it is out of his hands as to whether the deal happens or not. He would just be happy if it does happen.
There have been no reports as to whether Anthony is keen on the idea of joining LeBron on the Lakers. But based on what Anthony is trying to do (win a ring), it could be a good decision for him to sign with LA if he gets the opportunity to do so. It’ll also be nice to see the former rivals playing together during potentially the last year of one of their careers.
In his 10 games playing for Houston this season, Anthony averaged 13.4 PPG, 5.4 RPG, and 0.5 APG, while shooting 40.5% from the field.