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Carmelo Anthony’s forgotten strength makes him perfect alongside LeBron James, Lakers

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Carmelo Anthony’s quest for his first NBA championship has taken him to Hollywood. Despite being a shadow of his old self, the future Hall of Famer remains an essential addition to the Los Angeles Lakers.

Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka discussed Anthony’s role alongside LeBron James, Anthony Davis, and Russell Westbrook, as well as an overlooked aspect of his entire package, via Silver Screen and Roll’s Harrison Faigen.

“If you look at AD, when he gets double-teamed, or when teams collapse the paint against LeBron and Russell Westbrook, to me having one of the greatest catch-and-shoot guys that have played in recent times (makes sense).”

“I think the other underrated parts of his game are that he’s still just so physically strong and imposing, just when he puts his body on players in the post he can continue to have his way and continue to be a rebounder with his size.”

The past two seasons saw Anthony become a more consistent 3-point shooter, boasting a 40% clip from beyond the arc. He also made 39.6% of his catch-and-shoot threes last season.

Before the high-scoring forward reached this level of comfort with his new role, the Lakers veteran underwent some soul searching. His departure from the Houston Rockets hung a thick cloud of uncertainty over his future until he found a home with the Portland Trail Blazers.

Now a member of the Lakers, Carmelo Anthony gets his best shot at that elusive first ring before his NBA career comes to a close.