ANDeveryone knows that NBA veterans Carmelo Anthony and LeBron James are good friends, but now the first told how their relationship began when the couple was still a teenager.
The two have met many times on the court over the years as their off-court bond grew and grew without being hurt by competitive rivalry.
Speaking on Shotime’s All the Smoke, Melo explained how it all began during her school years. At that time, their rivalry was already created for them, as the expectations of the two young prospects grew.
“When I get to Oak [Hill Academy]LeBron had ended up in Oak a year earlier. I think I need to play against him, it’s on the schedule. We have to do this, ”Anthony said.
“We get the jersey, get into a prime time shootout, go to the hotel and … he … you, Melo? Yes! It was the weekend of the All-Star Game in Philadelphia too. And we sat down on the steps. for several hours the night before the game.
“I don’t know anything about you, dog, you don’t know anything about me. We entered after this moment, we just felt that we were from a similar background, from a similar house, from a broken family, grew up in a hood. So we got in touch for that before basketball. I was looking for such a relationship … brotherhood. “
From that moment, that first meeting, they became strong friends. In 2003, there was a lot of speculation about who would be selected first in the draft, and LeBron was ultimately chosen. Cleveland Cavaliers, and Melo dropped to third place and got into Denver nuggets…
Almost two decades later, the friends became teammates for the first time and will make up the squad for Los angeles lakers for the new season. It was a long time ago, but Anthony and James decided that it should be now, when, finally, their paths coincide.