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Carmelo Anthony Prefers Lakers, Wants To Play With LeBron James

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While Carmelo Anthony’s time with the Oklahoma City Thunder is coming to an end this summer, he already is eyeing his next destination, with the Los Angeles Lakers at the top of his list, according to Yahoo Sports’ Jordan Schultz.

Anthony is excited about the possibility of teaming up with LeBron James in Los Angeles, but he is likely to draw interest from teams such as the Miami Heat and the Houston Rockets, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski and Royce Young.

Anthony showed decline last season, shooting a career-low 40.4 percent from the field in 2017-18 for Oklahoma City.

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Lakers Not Interested in Carmelo Anthony

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Despite rumors to the contrary, the Los Angeles Lakers are reportedly not interested in adding veteran free agent forward Carmelo Anthony, according to the Los Angeles Times’ Broderick Turner.

Anthony was recently deactivated by the Houston Rockets, who he opened the season with after a much hyped signing but failed to find a suitable role with.

The report states that Anthony’s camp called the Lakers “a while back,” but it didn’t go anywhere, and also stated that Lakers’ forward LeBron James, a close friend of Anthony’s, hasn’t talked to 
president of basketball operations Magic Johnson or general manager Rob Pelinka about bringing Anthony in.

James would like to see Anthony join the Lakers, but he hasn’t formally pushed the organization to make the move.

Anthony will eligible to be traded on December 15th.

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Lakers’ Tyson Chandler Talks LeBron James’ Leadership

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Los Angeles Lakers veteran center Tyson Chandler has been a big boost for the team since coming over following his buyout from the Phoenix Suns earlier this season, and since joining the Lakers he has been impressed by the leadership of his teammate, LeBron James.

“Honestly, I fully expect everything that he gives,” Chandler said, according to Gina Mizell of The Athletic. “He’s been incredible for the game — a Hall of Famer on and off the court for his entire career. We’re close in (draft) classes, a couple years apart, so I’ve been able to watch his journey. I had nothing but respect for him before I got in the (same) locker room, how he’s been able to juggle his success, the expectations and then just the man that he’s become is nothing but respectable.”

Chandler is thankful to be able to play alongside of James.

“I expected the leadership qualities that he has,” Chandler stated. “And I think, as a player, you just get excited when you’re playing alongside one of those types of players — one of the greats that you know, if you get them close to the finish line, they’re able to deliver.”

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Lakers’ LeBron James Talks Preseason Debut

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Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James made his debut with his new team after signing with the Lakers this summer, and although he only played 15 minutes, he had enough time to soak in his new situation.

“I played a little bit more than expected actually and I felt pretty good,” James said of his debut.

“It was great to get back on the floor, start a new journey for myself. Hear the Lakers fans we have here in San Diego was a great feeling to go out there and hear the roar from the fans here, so very much appreciated.”

James received a huge ovation from Laker fans as he was announced in the starting lineup, and poured in 9 points with 3 rebounds and 3 assists.

“It always feels different for me anytime you change uniforms,” James said. “Felt different when I changed from St. Vincent-St. Mary’s jersey to a Cavs jersey from a Cavs jersey to a Heat jersey back to a Cavs jersey and now being a Laker.”

“It definitely feels different. It’s going to take a little bit of time to get used to” James continued.

James also shared his impressions of teammate Brandon Ingram.

“I find rhythm with anybody that is very energetic offensively, and that’s a guy who moves without the ball, and my first assist was to him,” James said. “They just move it on the weak side, and I was able to deliver a pass to him.”

 

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