Carmelo Anthony has revealed that his close friend LeBron James played a major role in him joining the Los Angeles Lakers. Anthony, who spent the last two seasons with the Portland Trail Blazers, decided to sign with the Lakers as a free agent.
Anthony, 37, has been one of the best players since coming to the NBA in 2003 but he has never won an NBA title. "Bron just came to me one time and said, 'Yo, the time is now. I want you. We got to make this happen,'" Anthony said during his introductory news conference on Monday, per ESPN.
"And I just felt like for right now, this is the best time. "Most people would say we should've gotten together years ago early in our careers, but we were in two different lanes, we were on two different paths.
And everything comes full circle, I'll say." The Lakers now have a roster full of veteran, aging players. "We don't care," Anthony said. "We don't care. We make our own narrative. "I like when people talk about the age.
It gives a better story. I think it gives a better story. I think people forget, at the end of the day, it's about basketball. You got to know how to play basketball. You got to have that experience. I think that's what we bring at this point and time.
Our talent, our skill, but also our experience."
Anthony wants to win it all with the Lakers
"I'm coming in with a championship on my mind," Anthony said. "I think we all know that this is the one thing that I'm missing, right? This is the one thing that it keeps me up at night, it motivates me, because I don't have it.
I want that experience." In 2014, the Lakers cleared cap space for Anthony but he decided to stay with the Knicks. "It seems just throughout my whole career, I've always been connected to the Lakers some way, somehow," Anthony said.
"Whether it was through my brother Kobe, regardless of what it is, I've always been connected to it some way, somehow. It wasn't really no pitch this time. I think it was really just more of an understanding. Like, 'OK, the time is now.
The time is now for both parties to merge, for both parties to agree to come together, and let's put this thing together.' "