Carmelo Anthony knocked down 19 straight 3-pointers while in the gym as he simultaneously found out that he was bound for the Lakers.
Trading for Russell Westbrook seemed like the perfect way to assess whether talent trumps fit as him alongside LeBron James doesn’t seem like a duo that could succeed when sharing the floor. However, Rob Pelinka and the Lakers put all that talk to rest as they’ve surrounded their three superstars with players like Carmelo Anthony and Trevor Ariza.
The Los Angeles Lakers realized that their trio of LeBron James, Russell Westbrook, and Anthony Davis isn’t exactly the floor-spacing ‘superteam’ that’s likely to win a ring in the 2020s. So, they went out and got role players that fit the floor-spacing mold to a ‘T’. Carmelo Anthony is definitely one of these guys as he shot 40% from 3-point land last season.
Anthony’s time with the Portland Trailblazers helped him revitalize his career after being given up on by the Houston Rockets. Some might even say he was the reason the Blazers got as far as they in 2020 and 2021, asides from the fact that Damian Lillard is top 5 guard in the NBA.
How Carmelo Anthony found out he was going to be a Lakers.
Carmelo Anthony might as well be dubbed the ‘offseason king’ considering how many workout videos of his hit social media. Even at 37 years of age, Melo is a certified bucket, as proven by his time with the Blazers. So, in typical Carmelo fashion, he found out he was bound for the Lakers while working on his game with trainer, Chris Brickley.
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It’s more than obvious that Melo has a lot left in the tank to give, especially to a team like the Lakers, in need of a 3-point specialist. In the video shown above, he actually knocked down 19 straight shots from beyond the arc and looked like he could’ve hit more too. He even showed off his bounce with a light dunk.
Some NBA fans believe that, like in Portland, Carmelo Anthony will have to be given big minutes and the opportunity isolate a couple of times during the game. In all fairness, Melo has earned the right to make such demands. If the past two years have shown anything, it’s that Melo is not irrational.
He will not ask/demand to be put on the floor if he realizes that he’s being detrimental to the team by lacing up. At this stage in his career, it’s quite obvious that Anthony just wants a ring and teaming up with his fellow 2003 class draftee may be his only shot at claiming one.