Had LeBron gone the route of responding to Durant's verbal jabs of him, there would have been further distraction and an even bigger media cloud surrounding the team.
Is there a team where he could have both? "He has so many fanboys in the media".
"LeBron James would like to get Carmelo Anthony to Los Angeles with him on the Lakers, a league source told The Athletic". I'm like, we're playing basketball here, and it's not even about basketball at certain points. "Kawhi enjoys having the ball in his hands, controlling the offense, dictating the tempo with his post-ups; it's how he plays the game".
It is unclear what Carmelo's role would look like in a Lakers uniform, but for a team desperate to add more shooting and veteran experience, he could provide added depth and serve as a mentor for the younger players. "They don't need another guy". Especially when the attention is bullshit attention, fluff.
"If you've got LeBron, you've got to make it all about LeBron". I don't know the whole thing. So, we got guys who just want to continue to develop and guys that continue to get better and better just from experience.
Before they were dealt, there were rumors that neither star was particularly excited about the idea of joining James in Los Angeles.
However, the former All-Star's defensive play has been lackluster, although that's been the case in recent years, so it's still surprising that Houston is looking to part ways so quickly. With Brandon Ingram and Kyle Kuzma already providing scoring on the wing, it's hard to envision him accepting an extremely diminished role.