Tyson Chandler On Lakers: Roster Wasn’t ‘Strong Enough’ To Get Carmelo
Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports
Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

This off-season, the Los Angeles Lakers put all of their efforts towards convincing Carmelo Anthony to come to Los Angeles and lead the team toward its next championship. While there was hope at one time that he might actually come, Anthony eventually decided to stay in New York.

— Have You Seen These LIMITED EDITION “Mamba Strikes Back” T-Shirts? —

There was speculation that the Lakers were the front runner for Anthony, and according to the Washington Post’s Michael Lee, one of Carmelo’s former teammates thought he could join the Lakers, if it weren’t for one thing:

The Lakers were always behind other teams this off-season when it came to roster construction. Teams like the Dallas Mavericks, Houston Rockets, and Chicago Bulls were playoff teams last season and would have given Anthony a better chance to win immediately.

The Lakers strength lies in their prestige and history of winning. They also could have had Anthony’s input in building the roster around him and Kobe Bryant, one of Anthony’s best friends in the league.

— Have You Seen These LIMITED EDITION “Mamba Strikes Back” T-Shirts? —

Ultimately, the New York Knicks were able to retain Anthony and the Lakers were left to put together a roster that, while competitive, is not as high-powered as they would like. The Lakers will have another chance next summer to bring in a big-name player next summer, maybe the roster will be good enough this time.

[divide]

Lakers Vs. Warriors: Byron Scott Talks Kobe And Jeremy Lin Combo


Please enable Javascript to watch this video

You May Also Like

Lakers Game Preview: Zero Margin For Error Against the Hornets

The Los Angeles Lakers realize the task that is before them. While…

Lakers History: Kobe Bryant Takes Over Game 4 Of The 2000 NBA Finals

As Kobe Bryants’s career begins to wind down, the comparisons to Michael…

Rob Pelinka Hopes Lakers Can Get LeBron James In Playoffs, Much Like Tom Brady Leading Patriots To Super Bowl

Although LeBron James historically had led rosters that were lined with experience, his signing with the Los Angeles Lakers meant joining a team that was still green…

Anthony Davis Appreciative Of LeBron James’ Comments But Doesn’t ‘Really Care’ As Focus Remains On Pelicans

Anthony Davis remains under contract for two more seasons (player option for 2020-21) but his future with the New Orleans Pelicans has already become a source of speculation. The same…