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Carmelo Anthony drops all-time 12-man roster, leaves out LeBron James as starter

Carmelo Anthony, LeBron James, Lakers, Chris Paul, Kobe Bryant, Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, Dwyane Wade

Los Angeles Lakers forward Carmelo Anthony, now a teammate of LeBron James, has made some polarizing remarks in the past, but for the most part, he’s been straight with his thoughts, even though they’re not popular.

Anthony recently sat down with the boys of the Million Dollaz Worth of Game podcast to talk about a wide range of topics on the NBA in general and joining the Lakers in the late stage of his career. One question in particular was quite interesting. Melo was asked to name 12 players to make up his ultimate NBA roster.

Yes, he needed to create an entire lineup. Quite curiously, he left out his Lakers teammate and good buddy LeBron James, widely considered as the best small forward ever, in the starting lineup. Anthony went with Magic Johnson, Kobe Bryant, himself, Kevin Garnett, and Hakeem Olajuwon.

Yeah, bet on yourself, Melo!

It’s worth noting that Anthony and the hosts agreed to leave out Michael Jordan since he’s pretty much a given already. He then put LeBron in the second unit, alongside Chris Paul, Dwyane Wade, Kevin Durant, and Shaquille O’Neal. To round out his 12-man super crew, the Lakers veteran went with Allen Iverson and Julius Erving.

Clearly, fans of Stephen Curry would say Anthony’s choice of CP3 over the two-time MVP is sheer blasphemy. But hey, it’s Melo’s team.

Carmelo Anthony has an actual super squad with the Lakers, joining fellow All-Stars LeBron, Anthony Davis, Russell Westbrook, Rajon Rondo, DeAndre Jordan, and Dwight Howard. He won’t get the starting small forward nod over LBJ, though.