LeBron James Says He’d Take a Pay-Cut to Play With Melo, CP3 and D-Wade

NBA All-Star Game 2015

Bleacher Report recently did a piece on the unique, tight-knit friendship between fellow 2003 NBA Draftees, LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony.

The piece begins with the moment when these two NBA superstars first met as 17-year-olds at a hotel in Langhorne, Pennsylvania—where they were both preparing to take part in a high school basketball showcase the following day in New Jersey.

From there, we’re told stories of how Melo and LeBron have grown closer over the years, how they, along with Chris Paul and Dwyane Wade, still text each other group messages every day, and how they’re referred to as “Uncle LeBron” and “Uncle Carmelo” by each other’s kids.  But perhaps the most interesting quote to come from this article was what LeBron had to say about the possibility of playing with Melo, Wade and CP3.

Via Bleacher Report:

Decisions have been made, trades forced, contracts signed, fates chosen, taking the teen stars down starkly different paths. The bond endures. The vision of a James-Anthony partnership does, too.

“I really hope that, before our career is over, we can all play together,” James said. “At least one, maybe one or two seasons—me, Melo, D-Wade, CP—we can get a year in. I would actually take a pay cut to do that.”

Maybe at the end of their careers, James said. Maybe sooner. One more ring chase, this time with everyone on board.

“It would be pretty cool,” James said. “I’ve definitely had thoughts about it.”

Before bounding away, he smiles and closes with a coy chirp: “We’ll see.”

Did you hear that noise? That’s the sound of every Clevelander’s heart shattering into pieces…once again.


If you’d like to read Bleacher Report’s article, titled “Brotherhood,” you can do so here.

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