Longtime pals Carmelo Anthony and LeBron James will face off on Aug. 18 in spherical 1 of the NBA playoffs. — Their 1st post-season assembly since 2012. And, Melo’s greater than assured that Portland can ship a grueling upset to the extremely favored Lakers.
“Carmelo and Portland are engaged on all cylinders proper now. The Lakers haven’t performed as much as their potential, and LeBron is effectively conscious that they’re susceptible proper now — and Carmelo can completely see that,” a supply near Carmelo tells HollywoodLife, solely. “He is aware of LeBron is likely one of the greatest gamers, if not one of the best participant on this planet, so it’ll be an uphill battle to win the collection,” the insider says, noting that regardless of the percentages stacked towards him, Carmelo’s extra assured than ever.
“He trusts that his personal play, his workforce’s play and particularly Dame’s presence on the ground will likely be sufficient to shock the world and knock out the Lakers within the playoffs. That’s Carmelo’s mindset proper now,” the supply admits — including that he’d love nothing greater than to win a championship at this level in his profession. “And, going by way of the Lakers would sweeten a victory immensely.”
Carmelo and LeBron have performed in quite a lot of All-Star Video games all through their intertwined careers. They even gained two Olympic gold medals collectively in Beijing and London (in addition to a bronze in Athens). So, at any time when these two have the chance to reunite on the courtroom and play on the highest degree, it’s all the time a memorable second.
“I can’t even lie. It’s all the time particular to be on the ground with a brother of mine,” the 3-time NBA champion stated after enjoying Melo in December of 2019, through ESPN. “We obtained a lot historical past,” LeBron continued, explaining, “We’ve been competing for a very long time, we’ve been on the identical workforce with the Olympics after which simply our brotherhood. That’s my brother, man. It’s all the time nice to have the ability to compete and simply be on the identical ground — interval,” he stated, including, “Irrespective of if it’s, like I stated, with Crew USA, after we’re teammates or simply competing on our respective golf equipment.”