September 27, 2021 | 1:18 pm EDT Update
When Carmelo Anthony enters his 19th NBA season, there will be no other active player who has suited up in more regular-season games without a title. Only Basketball Hall of Famer Karl Malone has scored more points in NBA history without winning a title, according to ESPN Stats & Information. But perhaps in playing with LeBron James with the Los Angeles Lakers, the 37-year-old now has his best opportunity to finally win a championship with his sixth NBA team.
“I have been thinking about winning a title for 20 years. The same thought process. Now, with the team that we have and the situation that we have, we really can look forward to competing at that level. That is exciting for me,” Anthony told The Undefeated recently
Yet, Anthony told The Undefeated he never thought he and James would ever be NBA teammates. That all changed when James sold his longtime friend on signing with the Lakers during an unexpected offseason phone call. “We always used to talk about it in a joking way: ‘What if we get together? It would be crazy.’ But for where we are at now with both of our careers, both of our paths, I think it was meant for it to happen at this point,” Anthony said.
“It’s different in a great way,” Anthony said of playing in LA. “I was fortunate enough to play in New York, an organization in a big city, in a big market. But those colors are totally different. Blue and orange are different than purple and gold. Being in LA, you really feel that. I know my brother Kobe is smiling right now.”