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Carmelo Anthony Thinks The Warriors With LeBron James and Stephen Curry Wouldn’t Win A Title

Stephen Curry and LeBron James of Team LeBron are introduced before the 2022 NBA All-Star Game Feb. 20, 2022, at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse in Cleveland. (Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images)

Around the 2024 NBA trade deadline, the word was that the Golden State Warriors phoned in to inquire about LeBron James’ availability. Apparently, the goal was to team up the current Los Lakers superstar with Stephen Curry in the Bay Area.

From almost all perspectives, a partnership of that magnitude means rings and titles. Not for Carmelo Anthony, though. The 10-time NBA All-Star explained why he thought that way on the 7PM in Brooklyn Podcast:

Draymond Green: I think that team wins a championship, no problem.

Carmelo Anthony: I don’t think so because, guess what? If Bron is going to Golden State, you gotta build another team. He outta there. Klay is gone. They ain’t gonna stay. It’s gonna be them two and Kuminga and…

Draymond Green: Kuminga can’t go nowhere.

Carmelo Anthony: That’s what I’m saying.

Draymond Green and Carmelo Anthony on why the Warriors won’t win a championship with LeBron James in tow

The last time two undisputed top five players were on the same team was Shaquille O’Neal and Kobe Bryant—they won three championships together. So, it’s hard not to imagine James and Curry not getting at least one.

Besides, the NBA’s all-time leading scorer had a different team after the 2018 NBA trade deadline and went all the way to the NBA Finals.

That said, as Anthony asserted, that imaginary pairing may not find immediate success. If that deal pushed through, Klay Thompson, and maybe even Draymond Green, could get traded for James. It may take a year before everything clicks together. They could pick up cheap signings during the offseason and veterans who want rings could also sign for the minimum.

Do you agree with Anthony that a James-Curry partnership wouldn’t result in a title?