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Carmelo Anthony keeps it real on GM LeBron James

Carmelo Anthony, LeBron James, Rob Pelinka, Lakers

The star-studded Los Angeles Lakers enter 2021-22 as prohibitive favorites in the Western Conference, with as good a chance to hoist the Larry O’Brien Trophy come June as any team in basketball outside the juggernaut Brooklyn Nets. But just because LeBron James and Anthony Davis are surrounded by notable reinforcements after a disappointing finish to last season, though, hardly means the Lakers don’t have questions to answer before truly cementing themselves as the cream of the crop out West.

Carmelo Anthony doesn’t seem too worried by looming concerns about Russell Westbrook’s fit, Los Angeles’ collective age and its lack of quality defenders, though. Why? James’ unique ability to adapt as necessary to the rosters he helps build on an annual basis.

James is the most versatile player in NBA history, capable of playing and defending at least four positions on the court depending on opposing personnel. The Lakers are already making efforts to curb the effects of Russell Westbrook’s inability to stretch the floor, too, by reportedly starting James and Davis at power forward and center this season.

Will Los Angeles ultimately be able to answer that question and others when it matters most in the playoffs? Only time will tell, but having a truly positionless basketball savant like LeBron James on the floor will certainly make doing so easier.