Lakers news: LeBron James wishes Carmelo Anthony 'good luck' on Blazers start
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Lakers star LeBron James wishes Carmelo Anthony ‘good luck’ on Blazers start

LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, Lakers, Blazers

Los Angeles Lakers star forward LeBron James is excited for friend and foe Carmelo Anthony’s return to the NBA. The 10-time All-Star signed with the Portland Trail Blazers late last week and will start for the team in their Tuesday night matchup with the New Orleans Pelicans

James, 34, took his enthusiasm to social media on Tuesday afternoon to express his excitement about Anthony’s impending start for Portland.

“So damn happy for my brother Carmelo Anthony,” the Lakers star tweeted on Tuesday. “Just saw him warming up on the TV and it made me smile.”

Anthony had been a free agent since February when a quick ouster from the Houston Rockets had him traded, waived and unsigned through the spring and summer.

After the petitioning of Portland star Damian Lillard found general manager Neil Olshey signing the one-time scoring champion, Anthony landed on an NBA roster once again — and Tuesday’s debut for the Blazers will find him starting, too.

James and Anthony were part of the prestigious 2003 draft class, also featuring Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh, David West and Kyle Korver.

While “King James” turned into a high school prodigy, declaring for the draft out of St. Vincent-St. Mary, Anthony opted to attend one year at Syracuse University in New York, where he led the Orange to an NCAA championship before declaring for the draft.

Anthony was drafted two spots behind James at No. 3, where he spent the first half of his career with the Denver Nuggets, reaching the Western Conference Finals once.

Melo spent six and a half years with the New York Knicks before bouncing around the Oklahoma City Thunder and Rockets the past two years. Now, he finds himself with the Blazers in a new number.