The Lakers are out of the Carmelo Anthony race, right? Not according to this Lakers legend.
Big Game James Worthy was a part of the Lakers’ pitch to Melo last week and revealed a few details of the meeting to SLAM Magazine today, and for what it’s worth, Worthy thinks the purple and gold still have “a shot” at landing the 30-year-old All-Star.
“Carmelo has an open mind. He knows this is a critical decision at this point in his career. He’s 30 years old, so he can’t be shopping around if he wants to win,” Worthy said. “I think it’ll be New York or L.A. and I think L.A. still has a shot. He lives there in the offseason anyway.”
While Worthy admitted that the Lakers concentrated on getting through to Anthony the basketball player, he also shed light on an interesting tactic used by the Lake Show: Trying to get through to his wife, La La.
“We tried to convey to him, the city of Los Angeles, what it brings to elite athletes, and what we could do to support him,” said Worthy, who is currently a studio analyst for Time Warner Cable: SportsNet. “I told Carmelo, I said, I wish your wife were here because she’s more popular than you in Los Angeles. We’re trying to recruit her, because if you can get La La, Carmelo has no say-so. So, we’re trying to get her to Hollywood. Hollywood is right here. She can do whatever she wants.”
It seems the pitch worked.
A couple of days after Anthony’s meeting with the Lakers, it was reported that the Lakers made a “major impact” on the New York native and were suddenly considered a serious contender to land Melo.
While it was reported yesterday by the New York Daily News that Melo had decided to return to the Knicks and would announce his decision on Thursday, the high-scoring forward still hasn’t informed the Knicks, Lakers or any other team of his plans for next season.
So, maybe Big Game is right. Maybe the Lakers still have a shot at landing Melo.
Mitch Kupchak and co. still haven’t moved onto their “Plan B” as of yet, so they must think there is a chance of landing Anthony, too.
And so, we’ll continue to wait…