Video: Carmelo Anthony makes a toast for Dwyane Wade — ‘We more than a Banana Boat’
Carmelo Anthony, believe it or not, wasn’t actually on the Banana Boat with LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Paul. Taking his place in “The Brotherhood” on that fateful, sunny day in the Bahamas was Gabrielle Union, accomplished actor and Wade’s wife, who manned the front of the long, yellow, ridiculous, inflatable tube.
On Thursday night, though, Anthony continued gaslighting America about what really took place on that banana boat while toasting Wade at an event honoring the retiring Miami Heat superstar:
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) February 15, 2019
James, Wade, Anthony, and Paul have been close friends since they came into the league. There was even a report from several years back indicating that they might try to join forces on the same team once James’ second stint with the Cleveland Cavaliers was over. But the Banana Boat superteam never came to be, obviously, beset by the financial ramifications of team-building and each of the four future Hall of Famers aging out of their primes. Would a team featuring “The Brotherhood,” as they call themselves, go anywhere meaningful in today’s NBA? No way.
Wade’s farewell tour, though, has still gone better than most anyone could have anticipated. He’s averaging 13.8 points, 3.8 rebounds, and 4.4 assists in 25.5 minutes per game while exclusively coming off the bench for the first time in his career. He also routinely leads Miami’s crunch-time offense, making the most of an “old-man game” that combined with his unparalleled explosiveness early in his career to propel him to superstardom.
It’s fun to see Dwyane Wade’s celebration continue in even more lavish fashion at the All-Star break. Carmelo Anthony, however, should definitely retract his Banana Boat comments and tell the real story behind his absence.