Carmelo Anthony
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Carmelo Anthony opened up about joining the Lakers and his role with his new team next season.

Anthony doesn’t know yet whether he will be a starter, but has no problem to come off the bench for the multiple time champions.

“So, you go for 16, 17 years and you’re the guy on the team and you’re the star, and then all of a sudden somebody is like, ‘Listen, come off the bench.’ I had to swallow that ego.

I had to swallow that pride. But I also had to use that ego and that pride to keep me on edge and keep me motivated. And I’ve accepted that. It played out well in Portland,” Anthony said, via Broderick Turner of the Los Angeles Times.

Anthony agreed to an one-year deal with the Lakers a few days ago, worth $2.6M.