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Sport Carmelo Anthony would have retired rather than ask LeBron James for help joining Lakers

14:26  04 december  2019
14:26  04 december  2019 Source:   sports.yahoo.com

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Carmelo Anthony would have retired rather than ask LeBron James for help joining Lakers . Had Anthony wanted to get a spot on a certain team, though, calling LeBron James might have been an option. Few players have more leverage with their own team than James and the Los Angeles

Carmelo Anthony , who was a free agent at the beginning of the current season, has revealed that he would have rathered retired than ask his friend LeBron James for help joining the Los Angeles Lakers .

As Dwyane Wade said goodbye to the NBA in Miami after a year-long farewell tour last season, you couldn’t help but wonder if one of his friends in attendance would ever get anything close to the same opportunity to go out on his own terms.

a group of football players on a field: Carmelo Anthony values his friendship with LeBron James. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan/Digital First Media/Orange County Register via Getty Images)© Provided by Yahoo! Sports Carmelo Anthony values his friendship with LeBron James. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan/Digital First Media/Orange County Register via Getty Images)

That friend was Carmelo Anthony, and it turns out he was very close to calling it a career months later, despite having an important ally on one of the NBA’s premier teams.

Carmelo Anthony: I was ‘prepared’ to walk away

Anthony, now playing for the Portland Trail Blazers after beginning the season as a free agent, told ESPN’s Rachel Nichols that he was ready to retire if the Blazers hadn’t offered him a roster spot last month:

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"I was ready to walk away, yeah," Anthony said. "It was hard. But there came a point when I was, like, 'You know what? I've given a lot to this game. I played 15, 16 years in this game. I'm ready to give it up, because I just knew that at that point in time from a basketball standpoint, that narrative that it -- it was already out there. So I'd been fightin' an uphill battle anyway if I didn't go to the right situation."

Had Anthony wanted to get a spot on a certain team, though, calling LeBron James might have been an option. Few players have more leverage with their own team than James and the Los Angeles Lakers, who are off to an NBA-best 17-3 start.

However, that was apparently never an option in Anthony’s eyes:

"I never called him and said, 'What're we doin'?' Or 'I need you to do this for me,'" Anthony said. "I would never do that. I would never put him in that situation. I don't know what he's doin' on his side, but I would never put him, as a friend, as a brother, in that situation. And I know for a fact he would go to bat for me, but I don't feel comfortable putting people in that situation, whether you're my friend or not.

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Carmelo Anthony joined one of the banana boat crew in Houston with Chris Paul last year. The Los Angeles Lakers have LeBron James , Anthony Davis, Kyle Kuzma and the rest of a roster to fill out once the team is done throwing overboard everything that isn’t nailed down in the name of cap space.

The 17-year NBA veteran also said that he didn’t want to join a team only for it to not work out soon after, which is basically what happened with his time on the Houston Rockets.

After only 10 games with the Rockets last year, the team permanently benched Anthony and traded him to the Chicago Bulls, who immediately dumped him, months later.

His time with the Blazers is apparently different from that.

"I say that because I know what I can do," Anthony said. "So if I were just to go to a team and to a situation just to be on the team and it didn't work out, it was gonna come back on me anyway. Like, the blame is gonna be on me anyway. So a situation like Portland, where I could just come in and just play my game and have a group of guys that really want me, and the organization that want me.

"There's no better feelin' than when you feel wanted. And I think that's what kinda keeps me motivated and understandin', like, this situation is -- it is and was the best situation for me."

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Lakers star LeBron James has already said he would want Carmelo Anthony — who is a free agent — to join in him L.A. if the chance arose. He went a little further during a sit-down interview with ESPN’s Rachel Nichols that will air at halftime of the Lakers -Warriors game on Christmas Day.

Former All-Star Carmelo Anthony will have to wait to join up with LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers . Per ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, the Lakers have paused talks on a possible For now, makes more sense for Lakers to use minutes on young players than a 34-year-old FA."

It’s safe to say that Anthony’s Blazers tenure is going much better than Houston. He won Player of the Week honors on Monday after averaging 22.3 points per game in three games (several players had better numbers though; the award was more about honoring his comeback). The Blazers are 3-3 since Anthony’s arrival, an improvement from their previous position.

So it’s all going well as Anthony could have hoped for with the Blazers. Does that mean he should prepare to retire while it’s still a choice and not a forced exit?

Anthony said he didn’t sign with the Blazers for the Wade treatment. We’ll see just how far he can go from here.

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