Stay ‘Melo…in yellow.
There’s a place for you and La La in La La LeBronland.
Carmelo has finally been released by the Rockets. After problems in Houston resulted in a failure to launch this season like when Matthew McConaughey was still doing romantic comedies. But like the ‘True Detective’ and ‘Dallas Buyers Club’ moviemaking star, Carmelo will have his McConaissance too…call it the ‘Melonaissance’. We’re coining it like Mario.
Last year the former King of the New York Knicks was trying a new OK3 big-three with the best of friends Paul George and Russell Westbrook. But now ‘Melo may do what PG-13 never did, despite all the promise. Anthony’s time after leaving the Madison Square Garden to the Mecca potential of Kristaps Porzingis for the Thunder didn’t produce reign like it could with the purple, but it was still a pretty decent shower in need of umbrellas like a…A! And despite the DNP-CD’s and eventual iPod in the locker room playlist time instead of playing ones, he put up decent 13 and 8 numbers in H-town, which stands for Harden’s town. Behind both the beard and CP3 at P.G.
And now with the Lakers missing points with Lonzo joining Rondo on the inactive list for 6-8 it’s time for the Lakers to make one. Toxic? Bad team player? Carmelo Anthony is none of these things. He’s being scapegoated. Singled out. It’s a classic case of assigning blame instead of feeling shame. We’ve all experienced the fallout of getting the rough end of a parting of ways. But it’s no reason to do this. We’re disrespecting one of the games greats. But now ‘Melo has been traded with some cash money to Chicago Bulls, what once would have made headlines as a master move will now see Anthony log less time in the Windy City then he did in Atlanta. He probably won’t even have time to have a jersey mocked up for the Twitter timelines like the Hawks did hilariously. This is purely a money move. But this Olympic Gold hero is still dollars. It’s time people saw sense.
LeBron wants to finally unite with the man who came into this league the same year as the straight out of high school phenom as a net cutting down, college ready rival for the throne. But as the former Nugget went from a Syracuse Orangemen to the orange, white and blue of New York, this Cleveland hometown hero took his talent and rings to South Beach and back to become the one, true King. The debate for the great is over. But together they could really do something special in their twilight time in Hollywood worthy of a blockbuster script. A wine date in NYC gave us a taster. So swill on that.
Even with LeBron himself and Rajon Rondo in spitting distance (‘Melo got a front row seat for all of that in the opening act of the Rockets/Lakers melee) of a return, the Lakers have been the dribbling wounded all season. And all the fans who demand a trade for Anthony Davis (who-be smart-is free to walk this Summer either way) want change. Unhappy with the way the should be untradable young core are playing. Give them a break…do you forget the name of the player who still at this point in his career was shooting airballs?
He was called Kobe.
And we all know how that worked out.
The core of the draft-wells Kuzma, Ingram, Zubac, Hart and Ball playing with one of the G.O.A.T.S is the equivalent of high schoolers studying with a college professors masters. The benefits and learning pains are unquantifiable statistics that are off the charts. But adding ‘Melo to the ‘Stranger Things’ meme team of big time buckets from Michael Beasley, Lance Stephenson and McGee could measure that all out, getting more in the cylinder too in this former All-Star winning company. Especially if they (will with this pick-up) make the playoffs. It would be as crucial key a vet injection like Tyson Chandler and what having Trevor Ariza return could have been. Even if they have to cut one of their two-way South Bay stars to make way. I’d be all like Wolverine with all that. I want to see Anthony play in purp as bad as Ryan Reynolds wants the Greatest Showman, Hugh Jackman back in blue and gold. Add this X-Man looking to be a Big Apple to Hollywood hero and this marvel could help Showtime run again.
You think ‘Melo’s done? Calm down!
Is It Time For The Lakers To Make A Move On Another Anthony?
Nelly back in the day (2004) on the ‘Sweat’ part of his that and ‘Suit’ dual album release rapped, “I’m a Nugget type of fellow, I push the Carmelo” on the ‘Na-Nana-Na’ track that came after the ‘Heart Of Champion’ opening tip that sampled the Sportscenter iconic ESPN theme. Why are we mentioning this? Well, not only because it’s a hot line that made a hot song. But because it’s seemed this long ago since ‘Melo made waves in the L.
Even if his last stint last season with the Houston Rockets lasted so long it may as well have been a 10 day contract for the veterans minimum for the former Mile High City legend and New York Knick King.
But with all the talk on the problems in Houston between James Harden and Chris Paul, focussing on whether the Lakers will finally get their man in CP3. No nixing this time (too late) like they have Anthony Davis. Maybe it time the Lakers finally got an Anthony that they’ve been courting longer than this whole Davis debacle.
Conveniently just days after the Lakers landed Davis for seemingly half of Los Angeles (minus the Hollywood sign and cast of LeBron James’ ‘Space Jam 2’ (Klay Thompson people)) and all of their future (except the man, the myth, the Kyle Kuzma), the Overtime Twitter account added something extra with Anthony (not AD) hoisting up practice jumpers with the tag-line, “Carmelo just doesn’t miss” (word?!) in all caps. But in a timeline trend for tampering there’s no harm or foul here in a little seed planting in a subtweet of ‘Melo making some charity stripe shots peacocking.
It’s no charity attempt either if the Lake Show make an offer Carmelo can’t refuse either for the Godfather’s team this time unlike this trade deadline gone. The meme team of JaVale McGee, Michael Beasley, Lance Stephenson and Rajon Rondo has dealt with former All Stars as veteran contributers before for one year deals which we wouldn’t be mad at a re-up. So how about one for a certified legend that is one championship away from a Hall of Fame induction down the corridor of his career?
Then aside from the last dance of Dwyane Wade the banana boat will be complete.
Wine tasting with the King, ‘Melo is one of ‘Bron’s best friends forever. Hash-tag B.F.F’s. So it’s almost destined that the two rookie rivals that entered the league head-to-head will one day leave it as teammates. But it makes more sense that the Lakers finally make the move for Anthony after the other Anthony. The trade for Davis may have given the Lakers their best dynamic duo since Shaq and Kobe and the next big man great in the legendary Lakers lineage after Mikan, Wilt, O’Neal and Pau Gasol. But it also decimated their team. And we aren’t just talking about the star power potential of Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram and whom this weekends number four and future draft picks will concern. But the actual team over superteam aspect of glue guys they’ve lost like the defensive Josh Hart, who holds court as the best role player the Lakers have had and held since the Shaq and Kobe days of Robert Horry, Rick Fox and Sparks Head Coach, Derek Fisher.
So if the Lakers want to top the ‘Stranger Things’ team of vets this player power generation Independence Day next month, then they could produce on paper fireworks for the dry erase with big names like ‘Melo and CP3, for second unit scoring and point production off an even bigger bench. Sure the focus this free agency is on the K’s of Kawhi, Kevin and Kyrie…if they can even afford them with Anthony’s bonus. But they should also look to small ball build a team with the available assets of bigs like Al Horford and guys like former ‘Bron team buddy Kyle Korver from downtown if you want to talk about 2K’s.
Besides at this point apart from the new big-three of James, Davis and Kuzma and a couple of rookie contracts (Bonga and Wagner) the Lakers want to shop by the draft for mo, the Lakers barely have enough players under contract now to put out on the floor, let alone in reserve.
And with 40% of the association about to enter free agency and with previous young core Laker losses like Russell and Randle about to be unrestricted among them, it’s time for the Lakers to stop playing fantasy Basketball like LeBron hates and play smart Basketball like we all love like Kevin.
One Anthony deserves another. Time to make ‘Melo yellow.
It’s Time For The Lake Show To Seek Redemption With Randle And Russell
Raised eyebrows, the Lakers have finally got Anthony Davis.
This you know as clear as the fact that the young core is gone and done.
I mean are y’all finished or are y’all done?
Lonzo Ball. Brandon Ingram. Josh Hart and all those draft picks starting with the one the Lake Show were going to go fourth with this weekend. Joining the likes of Zubac, Bryant (Thomas), Nance Jr. and Jordan Clarkson.
Everyone expect Kyle Kuzma…and my boy Moe Wagner.
And now with the new dynamic duo of Davis and James set there are at least two more players the Lakers should realistically pursue in free agency this Summer of smash.
And we aren’t talking about any of the special K’s for the King.
Kawhi, Kevin, Kemba or Kyrie. Finish your breakfast.
That might just be too much for the Lakers plate. Y’all remember what it was like when Chris Paul got nixed and became a Los Angeles Clipper instead. Well funny thing that might come full circle and redemption may happen as CP3 may finally get his chance to team up with another purple and gold legend of our generation on the Lakers. Even if it is too little, too father time late.
But the ultimate redemption that should be sought with the Lakers isn’t with a former Houston Rocket.
And we aren’t talking about Carmelo either. Or one Anthony finally coming around deserves another to join that McGee, Stephenson and Rondo meme team of former All-Star big name bench.
We’re talking about two former young, future Lakers who could hopefully be that again.
Yeah in our wildest memes.
How the Lakers didn’t ask for Julius Randle back when they gave up the whole house and coast for A.D. is beyond me. Maybe because he’s about to be free (but they didn’t learn that with Ant Davis). Maybe because never in a million years. Either way perhaps it’s time for the Lakers to offer Julius the millions they should have this time last year.
We all make mistakes what matters is that we learn from them and make that change.
And if that wasn’t enough. The Lakers may not need another big but they for sure need a clutch closer. And although with word of him wanting to join Davis and still being in play for a LeBron reunion. If Kyrie Irving does end up signing in Brooklyn like rumors have it, then it is said that there will likely be no room in the Nets for D’Angelo Russell. No matter how many he netted last season. Swish, swish. He’s a three point shooter. Now the Lakers could go after D-Lo instead. Despite the fact that the Lakers (Magic) gave up on him when they ended up going after the Ball…but as of this morning we all know how that turned out.
Russell doesn’t deserved to be let down by another team. Especially with the home be found and all be did for the city as a first time All Star in the B.K. But if all isn’t O.K. there then no one quite understands what it’s like to be scorned like the ones who spurned you. The Nets would be wrong to give up on D’Angelo like the Lakers were and will make clear with their pitch for the guy whose been hanging out in soccer stadiums like Barcelona’s Nou Camp recently, before both team and former player maybe face off in Shanghai and Shenzhen this October.
Will once Laker D’Angelo Russell be remade in purple and gold by China?
Crazier things look to still happen this off-season in Hollywood now we need something to replace the LaVar Ball reality show. I mean this is a team that even wants to bring Brook back downtown.
The only Lopez in L.A. can’t just be George. And we don’t mean his twin. Although like if they kept both Gasol’s it would be so much better.
Still with the draft blowing in, if the Lakers officially sign Anthony Davis after Independence Day on July 6th then they will be able to save more money. Especially if A.D. waives his trade bonus (which would be a good sign to tell if he’s sticking around next year when he becomes a free agent that could just walk away after all this and all the Lakers lost for nothing). Around 30 mill they get to spend with the cap space to bring in any Kemba, Kyrie or Kawhi they want…K?
But even so if they at least make an offer for Randle or Russell then it will be a pitch that at least says, we we’re wrong.
It’s the least they and the likes of Lonzo, Brandon Ingram and Hart (hey Josh I’ll give you a high-five if you stay) deserve.
And at the most it could lead to so much more.
No story in Basketball is quite as beautiful or real as redemption.
The Laker like Marley should make it sing.
They just got rid of their entire young core. It’s time to get it back, piece by piece.