Los Angeles Lakers forward Carmelo Anthony insists he is comfortable with whatever role given by his team as he doesn't want to bother himself with whether he will be a starter or a bench player. "At this point, man, whatever we need to do, let's do it," Anthony said following the Lakers' third day of training camp Friday, per ESPN.
"It ain't ... 'I can't sit,' and, 'Oh, I want to start,' 'I want to come off the bench.' Whatever it is, it is." Anthony, who has been one of the best players in the NBA over the last two decades, was coming off the bench for his previous team, the Portland Trail Blazers.
"I've had experience being a starter for 18, 17 years and had an experience of coming off the bench for one year," Anthony said. "It's not something I think about." Lakers head coach Frank Vogel expects Anthony to play a big role this season.
"When we spoke before he signed here, I told him that I envisioned a big role on this team," Vogel said. "I don't know what that's going to look like, whether he's going to start, whether he's going to come off the bench, but that he's going to be a factor for us."
Anthony shot from the three-point line just over 40 percent last season. "We'll probably not talk about it again until we get closer to the regular season," Vogel added. "But I do think he's going to have a big role on our team."
Anthony just wants to win
"Whatever he wants, let's do it," Anthony said. "I'm not even trippin' about that at this point. Because let's go. Let's go win." Anthony's left eyelid was scratched and swollen from a run-in with NahtonybDavis on the practice court.
"You got to ask Anthony Davis, man. Ask AD. He tried to take me out early," Anthony said, clearly joking. "Little war wound, that's it." Anthony, 37, insists his passion for the game is still there. "I'm still able to do what I do, man, at a high clip," he said.
"But the No. 1 thing, I'm still passionate about it. I haven't lost my passion. My love for game is, I think now, at an all-time high." Anthony was then asked if he could be gunning to compete until 50 like Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady.
"Brady's got an offensive line," Anthony quipped. "They're going to protect Brady. I don't want to do that. I ain't playing to no 50, I'll tell you that."