Lakers News: LeBron James Preferred Carmelo Anthony’s Final Look Over His Own In Loss To Rockets
Carmelo Anthony, LeBron James, Lakers
Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Every loss feels like a new low for the Los Angeles Lakers, and their recent disaster supports that notion considering they were dismantled in overtime by the Houston Rockets.

The Lakers look outmatched all night athletically against a young Rockets team full of players looking to get up and down the floor. Houston is a trigger-happy team from beyond the arc, and Los Angeles had no answer for them in overtime when they hit 3-pointer after 3-pointer to put them away early.

On the Lakers’ final possession of regulation, LeBron James drove to the basket, and instead of forcing a shot over a defender, he kicked it out to Carmelo Anthony, who had a good look. Anthony’s long midrange jumper missed the mark, but James chalked up his decision to pass due to the quality of Anthony’s shot.

“I could have forced a reverse layup, but I wasn’t in a position to feel like I could’ve gotten a great look,” explained James. “I could’ve gotten a decent look. And I feel like Melo’s look was a lot better than mine. So it’s literally that simple.”

It is hard to blame James for making that play because the Rockets collapsed on his drive, leaving Anthony nearly alone on the wing. Anthony took the pass, pump-faked his defender, and stepped into a jumper he has hit thousands of times. The result was not what the Lakers wanted, but the play was the correct one at the moment.

James has always been unselfish, even in the most critical of moments, and this was the latest example of him playing his brand of basketball. He will surely draw some flack for not taking the potential game-winner, but if someone like Anthony has a better chance of scoring, then it was the right pass to make.

Regardless, Los Angeles finds itself in a precarious spot as it seems like their Play-In Tournament spot is slipping through their fingers. After losing to the worst team in the Western Conference, it is anyone’s guess if they can make some sort of run.

Carmelo Anthony explains adjustments playing center

Without Anthony Davis, Anthony was forced into backup center minutes, where the results have been mixed at best. Playing as the lone big in small lineups has its challenges, and Anthony explained some of the adjustments he has to make.

Have you subscribed to our YouTube channel? It’s the best way to watch player interviews, exclusive coverage from events, participate in live shows, and more!

You May Also Like

Recap: Turnovers Cost Lakers In Road Loss To Heat

The Los Angeles Lakers looked to move to .500 without LeBron James and Anthony Davis on Wednesday night, playing the Miami Heat…

Lakers News: Frank Vogel ‘Looking Forward’ To First Playoffs With LeBron James

One of the biggest strengths for the Los Angeles Lakers heading into the NBA restart was their strong sense of…

NBA Free Agency: Byron Scott Says Lakers Have ’50-50′ Shot To Sign LeBron James

From now until July, every single LeBron James quote and social media post is going to be analyzed, dissected, and…

Lakers News: JR Smith Addresses Impact Of Game 5 Postponement

Before teams descended upon Orlando for the NBA restart, there was a lot of discussion on whether or not it was…