While talking to Bill Oram, Carmelo Anthony spoke about how not winning a championship keeps him awake during the nights.
Addressed fondly as Melo by many, the former Knicks player is one of the most prolific scorers in the history of the NBA. Anthony was part of the 2003 draft, known as one of the greatest draft classes.
The former scoring champion had his prime years with the Denver Nuggets and New York Knicks. Following which his career hit a slight bump, due to which he had to transition himself as more of a role player.
There is no doubt that with age and declining athleticism, many of the athletes need to accept secondary roles, which can be very hard for certain personalities.
A top-tier scorer during his time, the 10x All-Star almost averaged 25 PPG on a 45% shooting from the field during his first 15 seasons in the league.
During a conversation with Bill Oram of The Athletic, Melo got candid about how not winning a title makes his legacy feel incomplete.
Carmelo Anthony gets candid about his championship expectations in the upcoming 2021-22 season
Earlier this month, Anthony signed a 1-year deal with the LA Lakers. Thus joining forces with his co-passenger on the banana boat, LeBron James.
— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) August 7, 2021
Anthony moved to the 10th spot on the NBA’s all-time scoring list last season. The only thing missing from Melo’s Hall of Fame resume is a championship ring, something the superstar is very well aware of.
While speaking to Bill Oram of The Athletic, Anthony said, “I’m coming in with a championship on my mind. We all know this is the one thing that I’m missing. This is the one thing that keeps me up at night. It motivates me. I don’t have it. I want that experience.”
“It wasn’t really no pitch this time. I think it was really just more of an understanding.”
Carmelo Anthony spoke for the first time since becoming a Laker and said not having a ring “keeps me up at night.”
This may be his last best chance at one. https://t.co/uyL8Ou9WI3
— Bill Oram (@billoram) August 10, 2021
The Lakers know they are adding Anthony in the twilight of his career. He celebrated his 37th birthday this spring. However, the superstar has shown us that he can be efficient even coming off the bench, something we experienced during his 2 seasons with the Trail Blazers.