LeBron has the clout to get Carmelo Anthony signed - Stephen A. | First Take

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  • Published: 22 August 2019
  • Stephen A. Smith appreciates former NBA player Royce White saying Carmelo Anthony deserves to be on a roster, agreeing that LeBron James has significant clout and could vouch for Carmelo signing with the Los Angeles Lakers. However, Stephen A. adds that NBA executives would rather not sign Melo at all than have him riding the bench.
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  • Drew Meyer
    Drew Meyer  2 months back

    There’s not 100 players better than Melo and you can make a strong case for top 50

    • O N
      O N  3 months back

      Max you gunna have to address your statements 😭😭😭.

      • Eduardo Perez
        Eduardo Perez  5 months back

        Bruh Melo the NBA is not the only league in the world. Go make money somewhere else. I bet they'll appreciate your talent.

        • Jake Ramzy
          Jake Ramzy  5 months back

          Mellow isn't a good role model to younger guys, he's selfish and doesn't care about anything but getting his. He will be remembered for nothing, he accomplished nothing. It's a team sport Mellow

          • Will Hopson
            Will Hopson  6 months back

            I watched 20 seconds into the video and stopped it. The problem with Stephen A’s logic is that Carmelo does not shoot the three well and does not play defense so while he may be a better individual player as far as his overall skill set goes he does not do the things well that modern NBA teams look for and covet. End of discussion

            • Skens Saintginat
              Skens Saintginat  6 months back

              Forget lebron. Carmelo has enough clout to get himself signed, front offices are just not willing to take a chance on him for whatever reason. Maybe that Billups interview was a eye opener

              • Johnny O'Connor
                Johnny O'Connor  6 months back

                Jesus, all he has to do is try on the defensive end! When your plus/minus is -24, you do not deserve to be on any team! If you score 20, but give up 44, you actually suck!

                • Deuteronomy 6:4
                  Deuteronomy 6:4  6 months back

                  The Carmelo can still play better than 80% of the NBA still. The man can shoot.

                  • obbor4
                    obbor4  6 months back

                    Ever since they moved to L.A. from Minneapolis, the Lakers have continued to gerrymander the NBA with backing from the networks and the league. Wilt, Kareem, Shaq, Pau Gasol, Lebron, etc.The Lakers are the Yankees of the NBA. Why on earth would any true sports fan want to see this crap played out year after year? Musical superstars sent to big market franchises with the rest of the league playing the part of the Washington Generals...

                    • The big book of sales
                      The big book of sales  6 months back

                      I totally agree
                      Carmelo Anthony is a great player.
                      We all know that !

                      • Ultimate Warrior
                        Ultimate Warrior  6 months back

                        Cant wait for the season to start so we can stop talking about Carmelo his game is outdated this aint the days where the scores are 67 -70 with 5 min left in the 4th qtr & you jab step 20 seconds off the shot clock smh pre-historic ass dinosaur forget Melo

                        • I am Kobe jr
                          I am Kobe jr  6 months back

                          To many chances didn’t work hard

                          • Duyan Tso
                            Duyan Tso  6 months back

                            Keep away from caramelo. He's a cancer.

                            • Jamaikanerin Jacquelin.
                              Jamaikanerin Jacquelin.  6 months back

                              LeGM should just get it over with

                              • mm mm
                                mm mm  6 months back

                                if melo could take the Manu route... just be a bench player. melo already hof. just be a bench player

                                • Devon andrewss
                                  Devon andrewss  6 months back

                                  wellp

                                  • davidtorres743
                                    davidtorres743  6 months back

                                    Toast 2 eggs sunny side up

                                    • Rico SCFBULLYKAMP
                                      Rico SCFBULLYKAMP  6 months back

                                      It’s lame how the nba just dnt let players play and deal with the business aspects and politics outside of b-ball y’all are literally fucking up these players lives 🤘🐍🖖🏿

                                      • Sean Belcher
                                        Sean Belcher  6 months back

                                        Bruh did Melo hit Max baby moms or sumn? He is super salty at him. Acts like he just ain’t got talent. Like he didn’t score 61 at MSG. Put some respect on my mans name. You just gotta stop hating eventually. Put him on any team and treat him right. He’s putting up 20+ a game.

                                        • Boss Hog Zoomer
                                          Boss Hog Zoomer  6 months back

                                          Look,I dont give a shit about how Melo has to live with the choices he made. He bounced his ass around the league and is set financially for life. He's an entertainer and he got paid well for his services. Nobody owes him shit and ain't nobody going to reach out for sympathy and Melo shouldn't want anyone to. Move the fuck on. His story and energy has exhausted the shit out of me.

                                          • APEXx
                                            APEXx  6 months back

                                            I know ESPN old asses didn’t put clout in the title 😂😂😂

                                            • ThePrufessa
                                              ThePrufessa  6 months back

                                              Stephen A Smith is stating the obvious once again. Of course LeBron has the clout but who gives a fuck? Nobody wants him on their team.

                                              • thatsjas2
                                                thatsjas2  6 months back

                                                This is bullshit!! .. It's not Lebron's responsibility to get Carmelo a job!! .. this shit is way outta hand!!

                                                • Adegboyega Olatunji
                                                  Adegboyega Olatunji  6 months back

                                                  LaBron James you should let camelo Anthony join the Lakers

                                                  • IG: confused_melo For FACTS #Ginga

                                                    It's not about who's better it's about who fits.

                                                    How is he Blackballed when he declined teams because "dey wasn't makin da playoffs"? Think before you speak casual

                                                    • Bryant Mungo
                                                      Bryant Mungo  6 months back

                                                      CARMELO ANTHONY and COLIN KAEPERNICK are in similar situations...... Both getting BLACK BALLED !!!!!

                                                      • Juicemane Santana
                                                        Juicemane Santana  6 months back

                                                        Its not LeBron's job to get Melo on a team the fuck

                                                        • MiketheYung God
                                                          MiketheYung God  6 months back

                                                          someone needs to bust Lebrown’s balls.

                                                          • Ed Neg
                                                            Ed Neg  6 months back

                                                            HE MAY HAVE DA CLOUT, BUT NO BALLS!!

                                                            • Jayeteknology
                                                              Jayeteknology  6 months back

                                                              Lebron Scared That Mello Will Out Shine Him... Research!!!

                                                              • ChaseAPlate LIVE
                                                                ChaseAPlate LIVE  6 months back

                                                                Bro how tf isn’t melo good enough to make a 9 man rotation get tf out of here please

                                                                • Robert B
                                                                  Robert B  6 months back

                                                                  Melo had his opportunity to join LeBron and Wade in Miami, it was not supposed to be Bosh. Melo chose the money which I knock no one for getting paid but maybe LeBron who took less money to go to Miami because he wanted to win felt Melo cared more about money then winning so know maybe LeBron doesn't want to play with him, period.

                                                                  • Chuck-300 Da Realest
                                                                    Chuck-300 Da Realest  6 months back

                                                                    Real shit Stephen A.

                                                                    • Elijah Cha
                                                                      Elijah Cha  6 months back

                                                                      that molly girl got fired? finally

                                                                      • Quiet Fury
                                                                        Quiet Fury  6 months back

                                                                        We don't want Melo on the Lakers! He play the up and down game plus defense is not in his DNA!

                                                                        • Michael Powell
                                                                          Michael Powell  6 months back

                                                                          Nobody deserves anything but respect and love to a degree. Melo has to know why he has been almost ostracized from the league. We don't know the owners or what those conversations are though and something is amiss.

                                                                          • Tru 602
                                                                            Tru 602  6 months back

                                                                            So then why isn’t he on a team IF THERE ISNT 450 OTHER PLAYERS BETTER THAN HIM .?!?!?Is LBJ suppose to Talk Melo Back Into The League.???!??

                                                                            • Jeffrey Alvarez
                                                                              Jeffrey Alvarez  6 months back

                                                                              He said clout I’m done

                                                                              • multi150nyc
                                                                                multi150nyc  6 months back

                                                                                "The game is more efficient now." SMH does Max know what the definition of efficient is? With so many one and done players & wannabe carbon copy teams jacking up three balls, I truly would refrain from calling today's NBA league efficient.

                                                                                • j howlett
                                                                                  j howlett  6 months back

                                                                                  i don't think any of the contenders will pick up Melo. they want 3 & D guys. but i'm not sure why some of the weaker teams are not going after Melo. anyways its not Lebron's job to facilitate a pity signing

                                                                                  • Prince Mehrok -MD
                                                                                    Prince Mehrok -MD  6 months back

                                                                                    and Micheal Jordan owns a NBA team and also sponsors Carmelo Antony! why not pick him up?

                                                                                    • Ultimate Warrior
                                                                                      Ultimate Warrior  6 months back

                                                                                      @George Cobi Oh no nobody would ever place the blame on their precious Michael Jordan it would blasphemous smh MJ stans make me sick

                                                                                    • Prince Mehrok -MD
                                                                                      Prince Mehrok -MD  6 months back

                                                                                      George Cobi can’t*

                                                                                    • Prince Mehrok -MD
                                                                                      Prince Mehrok -MD  6 months back

                                                                                      George Cobi the man isn’t in the league rn! You can say what team is relevant and what isn’t. He has to be on a team period.

                                                                                    • George Cobi
                                                                                      George Cobi  6 months back

                                                                                      Prince Mehrok the hornets are irrelevant

                                                                                  • Mehding
                                                                                    Mehding  6 months back

                                                                                    i ll love melo to lakers! hes a friend of lebron and please give people a real chance,hes got what it takes, hes still a best that 50pct ofnba guys

                                                                                    • D Carv
                                                                                      D Carv  6 months back

                                                                                      WIt wait wait I’m a melo fan but remember when melo in a pres conference turned to a teammate and said”yo (so and so) they want me to come off the bench” and laughed so yea he implied he wouldn’t come off..

                                                                                      • MosMoneyENT
                                                                                        MosMoneyENT  6 months back

                                                                                        Even when Bron doesn't do anything wrong he's doing something wrong smmfh

                                                                                        • AnthonyRising
                                                                                          AnthonyRising  6 months back

                                                                                          Yea, I am sure there are NOT 450 players better than Melo in the world but that’s not the point. You know how many times I am at the gym and I am captain and I DONT take the best guy available first? Yea I’d openly admit he is the best at the gym but he’s not the best for my team and what I’m trying to do. I pick the players that I know mix well together, hustle, and don’t take bad shots. Almost every time I’ll be on the court all night while the “best” player is continually getting picked up by the team who has next cause he continually loses. I fully understand this may not be the best analogy but I am just trying to play Devils Advocate.

                                                                                          • Danny Dan
                                                                                            Danny Dan  6 months back

                                                                                            Once again not-so-smart Stephen A. Smith is making a logical fallacy. Basketball is a team game. There are literally thousands of basketball players who are not in the NBA, but individually better than some of the 450 current NBA players. The reason why Melo not playing in the NBA now is not because he ranks below 450, but because he won't make any team better by joining at this point. Period. His defensive liability got much bigger by his fading offensive power. He has proven over and over that he is a ball stopper and all he knows and is good at is iso.

                                                                                            • Ben Mercer
                                                                                              Ben Mercer  6 months back

                                                                                              Wtf would the Lakers want Carmelo? That's ridiculous.

                                                                                              • Chris Blazek
                                                                                                Chris Blazek  6 months back

                                                                                                Sign and play please