SportLeBron James and Carmelo Anthony are now teammates
Blogs, papers, and sports television shows are talking about the reuniting of LeBron James and Carmelo Antony. The superstars have been in the headlines before, but the anticipated thing happened—the two ‘brothers’ who had an on-court rivalry and off-court friendship for19 years now.
The two have had memorable battles that have never pressurized the fans after seeing them compete against each other. During the off-season, LeBron James used to come to his friend Carmelo at his club. Their friendship has some existing memorable stories off and on the basketball court. Having satisfied the fans' wishes, all eyes are on them, and the world expects to see a high performance at the Lakers.
A combination of stars who are also friends is not something that can be taken lightly. Their impact will be felt beyond the pitch. Their fans will also be ready to check the odds before doing some NBA betting, and we can only wait to see how the situation unfolds.
How LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony met
In 2002, an encounter in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, in a hotel lobby created long-lasting friendships between the two NBA superstars. LeBron and Carmelo met a night before St. Vincent-St. Mary and Oak Hill Academy faced each other. They were among the best high school basketball players preparing to play in Trenton, New Jersey. It was a memorable match that sold over 11,000 tickets during the pre-internet era where best prospects hardly met each other unless in the court. LeBron and Melo sat on the steps for hours the night before the game and began bonding. It was an unexpected click, but both had similar backgrounds, including single parents, broken family and growing up in the hood.
The match was played the following night, where James from Oak Hill Academy recorded 36 points, eight rebounds, and five assists. Melo represented his school St. Vincent-St Mary and made 34 points and 11 rebounds. The seeds blossomed, encouraging players to stay connected in the game and beyond.
LeBron James professional career
LeBron joined the Cleveland Cavaliers as the first overall pick of the 2003 draft. He set an NBA record as a prep-to-pro player after scoring 25 points against Sacramento Kings. Towards the end of the tough season, he became the first Cavalier to win the NBA Rookie of the Year Award. In the 2007-08 season, James was labeled as the All-Star Game MVP for a second time. At the end of the 2008-09 season, James finished second in The NBA Defensive Player Award. Although Cavaliers were eliminated in the 2009-10 season, James had posted 27 points, 19 rebounds, ten assists, and nine turnovers.
LeBron at Miami Heat
His role was converted to a more conventional role by coach Erik Spoelstra. He spent more time improving his shot selection and accuracy jump shots. James put effort into learning how to be an off-ball cutter in Miami. James' scoring efficiency rose historically to extraordinary levels. During the 2013-14 season, James recorded 61 points in a match against Charlotte Bobcats. Miami became among the four teams to beat the Pacers and won their fourth consecutive Finals berth.
Return to Cavaliers
On July 12, James returned to the Cavaliers and played along with Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving forming a new trio star in a month. The 2014-15 season had some challenges as James missed two weeks due to a left knee injury and lower back strains. The Cavaliers were eliminated, but he was considered for the Finals MVP Award after recording 35.8 points, 13.3 rebounds, and 8.8 assists per game in the championship round. From 2016 to 2018, it was the end of a second stint in Cavalier as James faced injuries and losses, especially the 2016-17 season.
Los Angeles Lakers
James joined the Lakers in July 2018 to help them become championship contenders after missing playoffs since 2014. At the Lakers, James has made an impressive career. He passed Kobe Bryant for third on the regular-season scoring list in the 2019-20 season. However, in the 2020-21 season, the Lakers lost to the Suns in six games, making it the first time James lost in his career in the first round.
Carmelo Antony professional career
Antony’s professional basketball career began in 2003 at Denver Nuggets. He played impressively until 2011, when he bid Nuggets goodbye. At Nuggets, Carmelo Antony helped the team conclude the 2009-10 season with a 53-29 record. The team managed the Northwest Division title for the second straight season, meeting Utah Jazz first. He recorded 42 points in the playoffs and was named the All-NBA Second Team for the first time in his professional career.
New York Knicks
On February 22, 2011, Melo was traded to the New York Knicks and chose to wear jersey No. 7. Antony played for the New York Knicks from 2011-2017. He became the fifth active player to eclipse the 23,000 point mark and the 29th player to hit the scoring milestone in 2016. Melo joined Kareem Abdul and Elvin Hayes after scoring 10,000 points for two franchises. Antony demanded a trade after facing multiple conflicts with Phil Jackson in 2017.
Oklahoma City Thunder
On November 9, 2017, Antony joined Oklahoma City Thunder and moved to 23rd place after passing Ray Allen on the NBA scoring list. In July 2018, he was traded to the Atlanta Hawks.
Antony signed a $2.4 million contract under Mike D'Antoni, his former coach at the Knicks. Later in November, the club's manager announced that they were partying ways with Melo due to some unspecified illness.
Portland Trail Blazers
Melo joined the club in 2019, and towards the end of the season, he had ranked 15th after passing Paul Pierce in the NBA scoring sheet. Melo was labeled as the recipient of the 2019-20 Maurice Lucas Award on August 13, 2020. Antony finished the first-round playoffs series with 5.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 1.0 steals, 15.2 points, and 0.4 blocks.
Carmelo teaming up with LeBron
Carmelo teams up with LeBron at Lakers in 2021. Carmelo and the Lakers had a connection, but the official signing never took place until this summer. Fans expect a change in basketball history and are eager to witness it take its course, as Lakers face teams such as the Warriors. LeBron is among the best players in NBA history, and Melo is chasing a shifty championship towards his career.
All eyes are glued on them as we wait to see how much the two will deliver.
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