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LeBron James played a key role in getting Carmelo Anthony to join the Los Angeles Lakers this offseason. Melo shared a story on how his long time friend recruited him to LA on the latest episode of Million Dollaz Worth Of Game podcast.

“It was a real call, though,” Anthony said about LeBron’s call to him prior to him agreeing to join the Lakers, per R. P. Salao of ClutchPoints. “It wasn’t like no B.S. I wasn’t expecting it from him. I mean we talked about it years before about getting together with each other, but now I heard it.

“‘Yo, I need you.’ Say less. You ain’t gotta say nothing. You hit me direct. The Lakers GM ain’t hit me. You the GM. ‘Yo champ, the time is now. The time is now.'”

This coming season will be the first time when Anthony and James will be teammates in NBA. They have previously played together on Team USA in the Olympics.