Home
Lakers Nation Debate: Can Carmelo Anthony Lead The Lakers Post-Kobe? Reviewed by Momizat on . [new_royalslider id="160"] Topic: With the Lakers making such a strong push to sign Carmelo Anthony, we wonder if Anthony is the player capable of leading the t [new_royalslider id="160"] Topic: With the Lakers making such a strong push to sign Carmelo Anthony, we wonder if Anthony is the player capable of leading the t Rating: 0
You Are Here: Home » Editorials » Lakers Nation Debate: Can Carmelo Anthony Lead The Lakers Post-Kobe?

Lakers Nation Debate: Can Carmelo Anthony Lead The Lakers Post-Kobe?

Share on FacebookTweet about this on Twitter

Topic: With the Lakers making such a strong push to sign Carmelo Anthony, we wonder if Anthony is the player capable of leading the team in the post-Kobe era?

Context: The Los Angeles Lakers have always been a team built around superstars. When the Lakers signed Shaquille O’Neal and drafted Kobe Bryant in 1996, their newest duo was born and they would win three championships together.

– Lakers Nation Summer Sale Is Here! Get 32% Off Orders More Than $20! Use Code: #TheFuture —

After Shaq was traded, the team became Kobe’s and they would eventually win back-to-back championships in 2009 and 2010. But now Kobe is getting older, and his run as the top player in the league is coming to an end.

This summer, the Lakers have gone all-out to land Carmelo Anthony. With their pitch and Kobe’s subsequent meeting after the fact left a strong impression as Anthony is strongly considering joining the team.

But is Anthony the guy who can lead the Lakers? He is obviously no stranger to being the star in a large market, having played in New York the last three and a half seasons. But he only made it out of the first round of the playoffs once, and the Knicks didn’t make the playoffs this past season.

Furthermore, he only made it out of the first round once during his time in Denver, making it twice in 11 seasons that Anthony has failed to get out of the first round.

There is no doubt that Anthony is talented — anyone who can average 27 and eight rebounds while shooting 40 percent from deep is special. And Kobe Bryant himself has said that Anthony has what it takes to lead a team to a championship, but there seems to be something missing in the eyes of many.

He hasn’t always had the best teams around him, but at the end of the day, everything will always come back to the superstar. And Anthony has continually come up short when it comes to team success.

Verdict: We went to Twitter to ask our followers if they believe Carmelo Anthony is the player to lead the Lakers in the post-Kobe era. Here are some of the responses:

The fans have spoken, and most seem to believe that Carmelo is not the guy capable of leading the team post-Kobe. Years of underachievement in the playoffs has caused Anthony’s reputation as a winner to take a hit in the eyes of the public.

The fans who don’t believe in Anthony have every right to, but I tend to disagree with this assessment. You need a team to succeed in the NBA, and Anthony has rarely had an excellent supporting cast. The best team he ever had was in Denver, and he led them to the Western Conference Finals where they simply lost to a better team.

I think of players like Kevin Garnett or Dirk Nowitzki who dealt with playoff disappointments and frustrations for years before breaking through, and the difference was simply putting the right team around them.

Mitch Kupchak and the Lakers front office have proven time and time again that they know how to build a championship team. If Anthony does come to LA, I believe the Lakers will put the right pieces around him and Anthony will show that he has the talent and drive to lead a championship team.
________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Lakers Mitch Kupchak On Coach Search And Free Agency

Share on FacebookTweet about this on Twitter

About The Author

Corey is currently a full-time staff writer for Lakers Nation. He is a passionate follower of the Los Angeles Lakers and Dallas Cowboys and can usually be seen arguing the merits of Kobe Bryant or cursing the decisions of Jerry Jones. He is also a former producer and associate producer for Sirius XM Sports Radio. Follow him on twitter @TheeCoreyH

Number of Entries : 701
  • GOD Chri$$$ #Depressed

    Who knows with kobe along side him he could learn a lot. I believe kobe has a lot to offer melo with similar playing styles. I don’t think kobe would mind teaching him moves seeing as he’ll be gone after 2 years anyway so it’s not like it’ll ever come back to hurt him. I think melo is truly a follower and not a leader. He’s a player that needs to be a strong 2nd option to win a championship. I’m sure he’ll be able to take us to the playoffs and what not, but be a strong contender with him as the face of the team? I just can’t see it happening.

  • LakerSpartan117

    Hey Every commenter!!! This is a warning to watch out for a certain commenter on this website!!!

    His name is Redemption Rain, and he is a commenter who will keep posting until he “wins” the conversation. He doesn’t reason with anyone and has a Disney fettish. He won’t stop commenting until he has the last word.

    I’m literally right now in a “last man standing” comment battle with him. He won’t stop replying calling me a “dumbass” in his posts. I’m just typing “K” over and over again.

    He is a bonafied crazy person/spammer who must not be fed. His literal goal is and I quote, “I plan on staying to stop fans like rival from thinking what they do so we can get back to having a logically conversation about basketball.”

    Just beware and I will keep posting this on every other article to warn people!! Stay safe and together we can end his ridiculous spamming.

    DO NOT REPLY TO HIM!!!! Again his name is Redemption Rain.

    Thank you.

    • Redemption Rain

      I am honor to receive this kind of treatment! Thanks!

      • Badazztj12

        lol

        • Redemption Rain

          LOL I don’t know what happen but I am being treated like a celebrity guest or something? Its actually pretty fun!

          • Badazztj12

            I believe because you keeping saying we maybe don’t get Melo or Lebron. I say we have 75% chance getting Melo but Lebron is not a chance

          • Redemption Rain

            Nah its not because I accidentally offended Spartan and his boyfriend rival when I try to give them a reality check. Idk about Melo, yes we are in the top 3 to get him with NY and Chicago but that is still a long shot, and even if we get him I have stated many times about our financial status and whether Melo is worth 96mill, we don’t have a roster yet (only 5 players) so idk, I address concerns many times but him and his boyfriend are only concern with their fantasy ideas.

            OH I forgot, it was reported that Melo had spoken to Pau about going to NY, so I am not exactly sold that Melo plans to be a Lakers.

          • Badazztj12

            Yea these where the same guys from yesterday that I said I needed help on. They keep on telling me about these possibilities that we can get both Melo and Lebron. Its just not possible since both Melo and Lebron want a max contract. They are just fans who dream of these unbeatable teams that its not possible to come together. They don’t know anything about the salary cap

          • Redemption Rain

            LOL agreed pal. Especially rival, he is the guy who is completely stuck in his own ass, and his reason why we can do all these things is because “We da Lakers,” he is counting on our past as a pitch to free agents. I try telling him that free agents don’t care about the past. They want to make money and win for the future. Not the past. LOL you can’t do anything to convince these guys. Whatever I have fun laughing at them.

          • Badazztj12

            Mitch has already stated that we wont use the past to bring free agents, so that’s not the reason we got Melo thinking. Today’s NBA its all about business and winning championships. That BS wont work no more like it was in the past

          • Redemption Rain

            Too bad rival is still stuck in the past. LOL

          • LakerSpartan117

            I have no idea what you are talking about. My “dream” isn’t to pair up Melo and LeBron. In fact I never wrote that, that’s rival’s dream. I hope to land Melo, but if not, get guys like Stephenson or Thomas to build a better all around team.

            I remember you… the guy who doesn’t read very well and was criticizing my FANTASY team for next year. That was all. Jesus if you don’t believe me, go through all my posts and the other guys and see who is delusional.

          • Redemption Rain

            Just shut the fuck up and go cry in the corner idiot. Badazz was talking to me not you.

          • LakerSpartan117

            See??? Look at his post below this.. He literally is crazy.

          • Redemption Rain

            Speak for yourself idiot, you are taking part in this.

          • rival

            Your an idiot bro

          • Redemption Rain

            Bro its spelled you’re* keep embarrassing yourself, I suggest you go back to English 101

          • Badazztj12

            This is same dude going around just calling me stupid. He just change profile name everyday. Think he got a problem

          • Redemption Rain

            He has bigger problems than the English language LOL

          • Badazztj12

            lol

          • Badazztj12

            Damn seems like I got someone following me. I don’t play that gay shit. Thought we already settled this yesterday?

    • Tune

      I think if that’s true and you still reply to him while posting this means you might be the crazy one.

      • Redemption Rain

        He is just angry that I gave him a reality check. Crazies are for the guys who have completely lost all common sense.

    • K Mac 2

      Follow your own advice and don’t reply to him. Even if it’s “K”. You’re just as crazy!

    • comrade24

      spammer or not, rival is a dumbass.

    • marywedwards

      My Uncle
      Riley got an almost new red GMC Canyon just by some parttime working online
      with a laptop. visit their website F­i­s­c­a­l­p­o­s­t­.­C­O­M­

  • LALeakers

    This conversation about Melo leadership potential, is brought up against Kobe as if Kobe is the best leader First off I’d have to disagree considerably to this:

    1. Kobe is possibly the best, most fiery, clutch competitor in Basketball history. He is an assassin, but his intangibles, skill, spirit DO NOT equate to leadership skills. He’s difficult to play with I’m sure — just like MJ was — that’s why Dwight Howard left town, Shaq left town etc.

    2. Kobe could have taken less money in his latest contract

    The reality is the Lakers will be better off if they acquire Carmelo

    • Redemption Rain

      But for what price? Melo is expensive for 96mill 4 years deal. We still don’t have a team yet, with only 5 players on the books. If we do sign Melo its going to drain a lot of our financial flexibility.

    • hookedonnews

      I agree with what you said about Kobe, but he is still a player who can almost singlehandedly will you into the playoffs. Anthony is not. He’s a better than average scorer, but he’s not close to being as good as Kobe. He hurts your overall offense by holding the ball, and he’s not a good defender. The Lakers will have to spend a ton of money to get Anthony. I think that money is better spent elsewhere.

      • Chrmngblly

        Hell, hook. Nobody cares what you think. We all want to dream about what if we land Both Melo and LBJ, if only for a day or so. How are you, btw?

        • hookedonnews

          Well, if we could get LeBron I would gladly take Melo if that was part of the deal. Unlike some I don’t live in fantasy land, however. I’m fine. I’m waiting for the punchline now because I know that you are not that concerned about my well-being.

          • Chrmngblly

            You are so cynical. I do care about you, all of us do. We all plan to support you emotionally, too, until you can get professional help. Me? I like to live in fantasyland a little bit. Even you must have thought your wife was a beauty at one time and not the mean-as-a-snake harpy you are living with now. Am I wrong?

          • hookedonnews

            HaHa! You must be speaking from personal experience. I never discuss my personal life or my emotional issues, but I can tell you that reading some of these comments would send anyone over the edge.

          • Chrmngblly

            Shame will do that to you. You should seek out either a priest or a prostitute to unburden yourself with. Both are similarly effective and cost about the same…:-)

          • hookedonnews

            Again, I think you’re projecting your problems on to me. Maybe you should consider a career in comedy. Still laughing about that last statement.

          • Chrmngblly

            Nothing but luv, bro…:-)

      • LALeakers

        Yeah I agree with that. But a lot of the decisions the Lakers organization makes do have a ripple effect. This is a major decision, but their aren’t many top NBA players that I think the Lakers can get in the say after next year or the year after that if Carmelo isn’t there. I don’t think the Lakers can just magically pull Kevin Love and Russell Westbrook and make everything wonderful again.

        Keep in mind the Lakers have always been about winning now, especially for Kobe. I think this is an essential move that they need to do.

        The Lakers have the potential space to make the starting 5 like this next year:
        Kobe, Pau, Melo, Randle, Isiah Thomas

        • hookedonnews

          I don’t think the Lakers were all about winning now until it became a question whether LeBron might be available and Carmelo might come along in a package deal. Before that Mitch Kupchak was saying it’s going to take a couple of years and patience is needed, and they were showing no interest in Anthony. Yes, Kobe wants to win now but he’s thinking of himself not the long-term future of the team. I would much rather have Kevin Love than Melo. At least he brings rebounding as well as scoring. Carmelo will more than likely stay in NY. That extra $20+ million is not something to sneeze at. Plus, he’s the star there. In LA he would just be Kobe’s side-kick. If by some miracle he comes to LA and plays well– fine, but I still don’t see him as someone who can carry the team when Kobe exits. He hasn’t been able to do it anywhere else. The Knicks couldn’t even make it into the playoffs in the East.

          I don’t think that line-up is going to be able to compete in the Western Conference. And besides, as the Spurs have proven, your bench is as important as your starters. No one knows how many games Kobe & Pau will play this season. We all hope Kobe will be 100% and stay that way, but there are no guarantees.

          • Chrmngblly

            Blah-blah-blah-blah-blah…..nobody cares. I tried to tell you.

          • hookedonnews

            You need to get a hobby and refrain from reading my comments.

          • Chrmngblly

            OK…Good idea. As a famous “Ladies man”, what do you think if I take up women as a hobby, too? What advice would you give me?

          • hookedonnews

            I would advise you to find a different hobby because that seldom ends well. I’m sure your wife would agree.

          • Chrmngblly

            My God. You had to stoop to bringing my poor dead wife up. That’s really low, hook.

  • Tune

    I think Melo will be a solid guy until we land another star with Melo becoming a 6th man when his contract ends.

  • wardrobe99

    i believe melo could. help the lakers and in two years pick up another solid player to match with him lakers will be ok i think we need d at the wing and someone that can be more of a beast down low like shaq

  • hookedonnews

    Carmelo Anthony has already proven he can’t carry a team. No, he is not the guy to lead the Lakers when Kobe retires. He will be nearing his mid-thirties and doesn’t strike me as a fitness-guy. He’s already had a boatload of injuries the last few years. Would not give him a max contract if I was signing the checks. I don’t know anyone but LeBron who could replace Kobe.

    • LALeakers

      Nobody can replace Kobe

      • hookedonnews

        If Kobe is playing at the level he was playing before he tore his Achilles you’re right, but no one knows how he’s going to play when he returns or how long he’ll be able to stay healthy. Age catches up with all players eventually. If he could continue to play like he did 2 years ago for the next 5 years, why would he retire? I think you would agree that LeBron would be better able to fill Kobe’s shoes than anyone else out there right now. He’s way better than Carmelo Anthony for sure. I’m not a LeBron fan, but no one doubts his ability to carry a team.

  • Michael

    I don’t think he’s ever had a good supporting cast, except when he had Billups and he got past the 1st round. He ended up losing to the lakers that year and that team won the championship. That Denver team also beat out some stiff competition and I believe that they would have handled the Magic team easily.

    So imo if the lakers are for real with this guy they need to surround him with solid talent and a good coach like most championship teams.

    • Chrmngblly

      I am sure that’s all part of the plan.

    • hookedonnews

      The Nuggets immediately improved when Melo left to go to the Knicks. George Karl has indicated that he’s not a team player, and that a lot of people in the NBA don’t believe you can win a championship with him on your team. It doesn’t matter who your supporting cast is unless you’re surrounded by All-Stars. Selfish players ruin team chemistry and interrupt ball movement. Imagine him on the Spurs doing his ISO routine. The big 3 only worked in Miami because Wade was willing to defer to LeBron and LeBron is an unselfish player. Will Melo change to win a championship? I wouldn’t bet on it.

      • vdogg

        what else is karl gonna say?? melo made it clear he wanted to be elsewhere. dan gilbert also wrote a scathing letter about lebron after he bolted CLE. now the letter has been taken off the website (where it had been up for four years!) because gilbert would take lebron back in a heartbeat.

        • hookedonnews

          Pretty sure Karl was happy to see him go, and he wasn’t trashing him like Gilbert trashed LeBron. He was simply relating the view of a lot of people when it comes to Anthony. I don’t know anyone (unless it’s Stephen A. Smith) who doesn’t understand what kind of a player Melo is. Gilbert had a tantrum and said a bunch of stuff he regrets. I didn’t really blame him at the time. LeBron didn’t handle that very well. Totally different than Karl making some comments on Sports Center as an analyst.

      • Michael

        He left the Nuggets and they never reached the conference finals. The point is that Nuggets team was a solid team with a Hall Of Fame coach and player(Melo) which resulted in a great run. Meanwhile Melo can claim that his first 9 seasons resulted in winning seasons on a extremely tough west and with a garbage team in the east.

        So given that fact I believe that if the Lakers are for real with this guy, then they need to surround him with solid players and coach. Like they did with Kobe (Phil as his coach and Gasol as his second) they need to follow suit with Melo.

        • hookedonnews

          No one questions the fact that Carmelo Anthony is a good player, but he’s never gotten out of the first round of the playoffs except once since he’s been in the league (and Chauncey Billups had something to do with that). He has great individual stats, but his teams haven’t been able to do anything in the playoffs for the most part. I’m just pointing out that he’s not on a level with someone like Kobe, and his style of play creates problems for coaches and his teammates. If he decides to sign with the Lakers I hope he will prove me wrong and be a real difference maker. I just don’t like selfish players and especially those who are going to take up so much cap space.

  • Jojob

    Didn’t we all recently watch the NBA finals? Spoelstra and Pop were both exorting their teams to make sure that the ball doesn’t “stick” and telling them to play tough defense. This is the kind of basketball that takes you to the top of the hill. Where does Melo fit into this? He doesn’t. The ball “sticks” when it gets to him and he doesn’t take pride in playing tough defense. There’s no way he can be a team leader. There’s no way you can build a real contender around him.

    • vdogg

      relax. melo can adjust too, you know.

      • hookedonnews

        He has shown zero ability to adjust since he came into the league. He sabotaged both MDA and Woodson in NY with his reluctance to be a team player and insistence on maintaining his ISO game. Yes, he can adjust, but who believes he’s going to? Maybe Phil Jackson can convince him to do that, but he never had any luck with Kobe according to what he has said in his books. Maybe Kobe can convince him to be unselfish, but that would be too ironic. I hope if he comes to LA he will be a team player, but I wouldn’t put any money on it.

  • AK

    It all depends on how Randle develops

  • VillainKing

    Melo can lead but next to Kobe..Kobe is the primary leader of the Lakers team..

  • Michael

    Also courting Melo now only proves the Lakers still have that magic in them to cater superstars. Also it would give them something solid to build and offer to future FAs in the coming seasons.

Privacy Policy | © 2014 Medium Large, LLC. All Rights Reserved

Don't Miss Any of the Latest Laker News

  • Lakers Player News, Rumors & Score Updates
  • Lakers Interviews & Practice Reports
  • Be the FIRST to know about Giveaways & Special Store Sales
Scroll to top