Carmelo Anthony on why he wanted to join the Los Angeles Lakers | First Take

Carmelo Anthony joins Stephen A. Smith on First Take to discuss his new memoir, how he stays mellow during the highs and lows of life, if he ever questioned if he still belonged in the NBA after he was released from the Houston Rockets, what made him want to join the Los Angeles Lakers, should fans be concerned about age and more.

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  1. Pannuaman

    Pannuaman11 ਘੰਟੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    Why melo lookin like pop smoke these days

  2. Lavar A. Smith

    Lavar A. Smithਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    Stephen A always been asking real and hard questions. Unlike the highly anticipated All the Smoke episode with Melo, only soft-ball feeling good questions, that was a big disappointment.

  3. Mike Cesaro

    Mike Cesaroਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    Don’t even have to watch. I already know nobody else in the league would take his sorry a**. He’s ring chasing before he out the league for good

  4. C Rob2257

    C Rob22572 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    You gotta ask deeper questions to do late night, SAS...

  5. Latroy _x.

    Latroy _x.2 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    I want everybody's jersey from this squad.

  6. Austin316

    Austin3162 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    This is basically if you can't beat them join them.

  7. Benz Fan

    Benz Fan2 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    I think Stephen A cut Max Kellerman since he saw him as competition

  8. ace Anderson

    ace Anderson2 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    Go For the Chip My Dude!

  9. RunniN IT

    RunniN IT2 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    That would be funny if they get swept

  10. antoine ashby

    antoine ashby3 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    He should’ve went to the warriors or give the warriors a try

  11. Americas Most wanted

    Americas Most wanted3 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    Ring chasing is why

  12. Alvin Lieber

    Alvin Lieber3 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    Because he a bandwagoners type player and have to go help his lite Pirate Buddy LeBron James try to get a fifth ring,stacking the deck so they can say he is the goat. MJ six rings, No Game 7s I don't care if Bron wins 2 straight , he stillwont be the goat. He can be the iron man for doing it for so long like Cal Rolling, who no one calls the goat in baseball but he a top 20 player a time, obviously lebron is top 5 . You youth need to learn quality over quantity mathematics. Magic and Bird both played half the career LeBron Did and still got one less ring then LeBron, you think if bird and Magic played same amount of years they wouldn't of gotten chips? Imagine if Bird would of went to Bulls and Barkley went to Lakers l. That's basically what your hero lebron does. Quality over quantity, Learn about it

  13. PinkLane Project

    PinkLane Project3 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    Desperate for a ring and making a NBA2k super team. You can't be the goat with a super team LeBron James. You just can't

  14. Ramel Harper

    Ramel Harper3 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    I’m comment 700

  15. JB

    JB3 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    These questions are awful 😂


    H-MONEY BROOKLYN 💰 DON3 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    They need to change the name from first take to Stephen A Smith world


    H-MONEY BROOKLYN 💰 DON3 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    Brooklyn in 5 against whoever

  18. Beeman 2892

    Beeman 28924 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ


  19. Preston Doyle

    Preston Doyle4 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    My is way better than lebitch he didn’t have a full team of all stars all the time Kd will always be better

  20. Anthony Freeman

    Anthony Freeman4 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    Can't be too Melo running and hiding from LaLa!! Heart was definitely beating hard when she found those baby mamas and kids. LOL

  21. ADMAFIA210

    ADMAFIA2104 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    Ring chasing

  22. Edwin Perez

    Edwin Perez4 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    My favorite player melo 👏🏽🙌🏾

  23. Leoj Santos

    Leoj Santos4 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    Melo looking like he about to straigtenin

  24. Boateng Gaming  Solutions - Director of Gaming

    Boateng Gaming Solutions - Director of Gaming4 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    Giannis > Carmelo

  25. JayGee401

    JayGee4014 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    man if Melo wins it will hit the heart. Just cause his career and all the negativity and the way the media and league tried to portray Melo during those darkness years.. crazy. Hope he gets it , he deserves it.

  26. Donovan Rivera

    Donovan Rivera4 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    ME7O !

  27. Mockingjay

    Mockingjay4 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    Melo has his rookie year hair let's go let's Go let's go

  28. Patrick Williams

    Patrick Williams4 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    I didn't watch this video. After seeing the title I am going to say the obvious. He is there to get a ring.

  29. Sko Gudiño

    Sko Gudiño4 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ


  30. Rachel Marron

    Rachel Marron4 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    Who doesn't want to be a Laker? 💜💛

  31. London Stackhouse

    London Stackhouse4 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    Melo Syracuse 2003

  32. Brotha Neo - C.R.S.A Channel

    Brotha Neo - C.R.S.A Channel5 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    Yo word to me, the thumbnail of this video caught my attention because I thought it was my little BRUDDA lol! Mello in this video looks like my little BRUDDA lol! But I appreciate the homey. He did A LOT for us here in NY in general. Big ups to him.

  33. Quang Nguyen

    Quang Nguyen5 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    That melo or Pop smoke

  34. Oscar Paredes

    Oscar Paredes5 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    He is going to be a great player playing along side Westbrook and Lebron

  35. DJ Ajamu

    DJ Ajamu5 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    Stephen A insulting this man by asking him if his core identity is a facade. Smh. Only a phony himself would ask such a question.

  36. Derek A

    Derek A5 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    Well they HAD to win last season but blew it.

  37. Doctor Garbonzo

    Doctor Garbonzo5 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    Melo has taken the reins & filling the shoes from Marc Gasol! Lebron's pawn will prove to be non essential,

  38. Andrew F

    Andrew F5 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    Glad we got melo 😈

  39. Oriel Sainvil

    Oriel Sainvil5 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    Respect melo, I see u putting in the work and effort can’t wait to see u on the court .

  40. Pablo Zamano

    Pablo Zamano5 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    Show’s lame without Max…

  41. Alonzo X

    Alonzo X5 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    Ring chasing

  42. Nishaan Singh

    Nishaan Singh5 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    Hes saying "this could be the most Special season ina long Time" hes comin wid it..bron comin wid it..kobe Style..hes indirectly saying we gonna show up like no others. Understand.

  43. chongy meister

    chongy meister5 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ


  44. Adi Picograf

    Adi Picograf5 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    For the love of God, please let melo and russ have a ring this year!

  45. Allan Joseph

    Allan Joseph5 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    Olympic Melo at the 4 stretching the floor

  46. Jay Dough

    Jay Dough5 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    They bout to be mad when they see we got 2012 melo lmaoo ... his energy on god mode right now boy liable to get that finals mvp the way he talkin lmao

  47. Butthurt - - Over facts

    Butthurt - - Over facts4 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    Delusional casual is delusional

  48. josh brum

    josh brum5 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    Cause I know how to shoot and I know how to fight 🤣

  49. Baysix Bitiyong

    Baysix Bitiyong5 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    I didn't know they pushed Max out to turn First Take to create another Stephen A's World. Good Luck

  50. rick niles

    rick niles5 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    Lakers are not gonna win a chip. Davis is injury prone. Melo is a terrible defender. Westbrook is a poor decision making PG who cant play off ball and rubs teammates the wrong way (Durant, Harden & George can attest to that)

  51. Reido S

    Reido S5 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    Melo gone be what kuz was suppose to be just watch

  52. The Poster King

    The Poster King6 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    The wine at film is gonna be crazy!

  53. MG

    MG6 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    New perspective after 18 years in the league. Melo buggin

  54. chet karwat

    chet karwat6 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    Say cut or fire 🔥him say it

  55. Riker

    Riker6 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    What glasses is Melo wearing

  56. Butthurt - - Over facts

    Butthurt - - Over facts6 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    Because he wanted to ride his father's coattails to a ring

  57. Ceo L3g3nd

    Ceo L3g3nd6 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ


  58. Rock Mapp

    Rock Mapp6 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    Please no more SAS he is bad for the culture

  59. Carlos Solomon

    Carlos Solomon6 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    If they stay healthy they not losing a game in the playoffs until they face Brooklyn in the finals and win 4-2

  60. John 3:16

    John 3:166 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    Raleigh Simmons Coached by Fred Tex Winter. I am proud of Carmelo Anthony. Max doubted Carmelo but i knew carmelo would TRAIN HARD AGAIN and He proved who he is. A Star.

  61. Raekwon Johnson

    Raekwon Johnson6 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    Boy Ik that practices be REAL BATTLES

  62. Ryan D

    Ryan D6 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    Stephen A such a clown Kawhi isn't even going to play this season so why bring him up? Irrelevant asf.

  63. Freddy

    Freddy6 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    Who cares what melo thinks lol 😂 he’s not a superstar no more

  64. Dominique Lester

    Dominique Lester6 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    Russ and Melo get a ring this year. Veterans win. Greatest basketball IQ team ever

  65. James Martin

    James Martin6 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    Melo has been one of the most hard headed, emotionally susceptible players in history. Remember Sasha Vujecic getting in this dude’s head? Please. Why is the media just a giant hunger games like farce?

  66. Bryon Mccane

    Bryon Mccane6 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    Screaming A Smith A Busta For That Lie He Said. Man These Ppl Are Such 🤡 In Sports & Life In General... ALL Those Sports Wanna Be Ppl Said Carmelo Should Retire & Not Ruin His Legacy & Continue Hoping Around Team To Team... & My Comment Should Break Like Records For Reminding Y'all What They ALL Said.

  67. JT Plus

    JT Plus6 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    Like hearing melo talk. he sounds super thoughtful and grateful for where he is in his career.

  68. just a guy

    just a guy6 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    Guys don't watch 7minutes for that question... the answer is "to chase a ring"

  69. john tate

    john tate6 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    I hate millionaires saying " i hit rock bottom". Zip it punk. Ya don't know what's rock bottom means

  70. Kevin A

    Kevin A6 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    Yes they can say that. "Rock bottom" is relative. There is no standardized "bottom". When Jeremy Lin said he hit rock bottom, for him it may be true. It's all relative, don't be ignorant

  71. James Alston

    James Alston6 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    The goat

  72. oofbud

    oofbud6 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    Imagine they don’t win they gotta retire

  73. 少鹏 邱

    少鹏 邱6 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    Lakers Championship!

  74. RetroTV1

    RetroTV16 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    Lakers in 6

  75. James0642

    James06426 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ


  76. D J

    D J6 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    Lakers have 2 of the greatest scorers and 2 of the greatest passers. If the 3 ball is falling for this team it’s going to a problem for the league bc they also have great defensive players as well in Bron, AD, Dwight and imagine if Russ gets there too…

  77. Daniel Anderson

    Daniel Anderson6 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    Finally we are getting players perspectives

  78. Josh H

    Josh H6 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    There's 4 Legends on the Lakers already. AD will end up being a legend as well. Bron Melo Russ are bonafide Legends Dwight is somewhat of a legend. So there's 5 hall of famers on this team that's a lock.2 of the greatest scorer's Dwight was a beast in his prime easily a top 10-15 all time center. Ad is same as Dwight but a PF. Two of the greatest Small forwards an Russ is just Russ. Dude is a animal. I like the team TBH.

  79. Evan Seekins

    Evan Seekins6 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    Like Melo said, this is gonna be the most compelling season in a long time. You got three teams in Bucks Lakers Nets that each have a top 3 player with no excuse championship talent around them. Every 1a team like Sixers Nuggs and Clipps will be a legitimate test in the playoffs. Not to mention the legacies on the line. Does Melo get a ring? Does a group of 35 year old vets have the savvy to beat out the young fellas. Does KD win when it's not so stacked nobody even watches the finals. Does Bron Bron get 5 and enter the realm where it HAS to be a goat debate with Jordan? Only thing that sucks is we STILL are lagged from covid as far as getting these guys an off season so 85% of dudes ain't injured. Still gonna be a fun ride I bet.

  80. King OTL

    King OTL6 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    SAS is boring now I'm here for Melo

  81. Lil A

    Lil A6 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    Dang melo you really want to be known as someone who had to play with lebron to win a championship? I wouldn’t

  82. Leo Vo

    Leo Vo6 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    Carmelo is right! This year Lakers team is testament to how positively does mature team chemistry and collective championship experience can affect the overall success of the team, given health is managed well. Best of luck!

  83. DW Davis

    DW Davis6 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    Brooklyn in 6

  84. Kobe and Carmelo stan account

    Kobe and Carmelo stan account6 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    Gonna be amazing when he wins a ring 💍 and a finals mvp !

  85. Kobe and Carmelo stan account

    Kobe and Carmelo stan account3 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    @Itachi Uchiha yes he is. Stop trolling when. Google is free

  86. Itachi Uchiha

    Itachi Uchiha4 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    @Kobe and Carmelo stan account he is not a top 10 scorer of all time

  87. Kobe and Carmelo stan account

    Kobe and Carmelo stan account4 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    @Itachi Uchiha why do you think a a top 10 scorer of all time isn't capable of winning a finals MVP? Lmao can't say he is washed

  88. Butthurt - - Over facts

    Butthurt - - Over facts4 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    This real life not your Myleauge

  89. Itachi Uchiha

    Itachi Uchiha4 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    @Kobe and Carmelo stan account saying this early that he gonna get a ring is bad enough, but you really think he gonna get the finals mvp too?? So delusional

  90. LveMlike

    LveMlike6 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    Lakers all in!!!!

  91. Kijung Paik

    Kijung Paik6 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    4:27 is when he answers the question

  92. EyeQue

    EyeQue6 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    I'm soooo glad he's on the Lakers with, as SAS would say, 'those boys'. It's gonna be a fun to watch their games!

  93. Joshua Louis

    Joshua Louis6 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    Melo going off season I can't wait!


    _MALICIOUSOUL6 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    Great interview

  95. Charles Campbell

    Charles Campbell6 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    King of New York.. "Melo"!!!

  96. PJ Tagle

    PJ Tagle6 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    melo the philanthropist haha

  97. MadMajor

    MadMajor6 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ


  98. Basketball Nation

    Basketball Nation6 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    Excited for Melo and Lebron playing together

  99. Oreo

    Oreo6 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    Honestly nobody care about melo

  100. Ralpp Martin Cobarde

    Ralpp Martin Cobarde6 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    As a laker fan, this is gonna be a one year window 🙏🙏🙏 gonna enjoy the season while these vets still here

  101. Mitch Lee

    Mitch Lee6 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ


  102. Mason Ken

    Mason Ken6 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    Despite the economic crisis, this is Still a good time to invest in Crypto

  103. Karter Trontvet

    Karter Trontvet19 ਮਿੰਟ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    @John Carter 🙌🏼 it’s a scam lol

  104. Karter Trontvet

    Karter Trontvet20 ਮਿੰਟ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    @Adams Meet do you like what’sapp? One time I opened up the WhatsApp but didn’t like it so I closed it. Do you think I should reopen it and text your boii?

  105. S

    S5 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    Fake bots above

  106. BlackSabotage100

    BlackSabotage1005 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    I like Max Kellerman's take on crypto.

  107. Smith Ken

    Smith Ken6 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    @Darren Yilmaz Bitcoin investment has been the best for decades ❤️

  108. 6 God

    6 God6 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ


  109. Рустэм Mырзагали

    Рустэм Mырзагали6 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    Pop smoke is alive 🤣🤣🤣

  110. Kevin Greeley

    Kevin Greeley6 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    Looks like a 2chains bobblehead

  111. S.W.Y. J.

    S.W.Y. J.6 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    ESPN gave Stephen A Smith the keys ...this interview sucked. SAS is different man....

  112. Michael

    Michael6 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    Nice hair