LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony have decades of close friendship with each other. From high school friends to teammates in Los Angeles, their teammates share a friendship they can swear by.
Speaking with famous comedian Kevin Hart on his show “Golden Minds with Kevin Hart”, the former NBA player spoke at length about his relationship with James. He said their friendship began at their high school, Oak Hill Academy, even though they had dated before.
Melo and LeBron were two of the top prospects in the 2003 draft, and the sense of competition between them seemed natural to the owner.
Hart asked if they had any beef with each other when they met: “Did it bother you?”
The 2013 scoring champion denied any disagreement between him and the Lakers star and said LeBron James didn’t see him due to a lack of social media and because Carmelo Anthony was a local resident.
“It wasn’t fucked up with you. It was just like damn, I’m watching you, I’ve seen you, I’ve heard about you… Then we played each other in Oak Hill the weekend of the Jersey All-Star Game, I was in Philadelphia. That’s when we met… We just got together, sat on the steps for three hours and started talking about all sorts of nonsense.”
The 10-time NBA All-Star said he and LeBron were looking for a brother and found him in each other.
LeBron James once saved Carmelo Anthony’s life in the Bahamas.
In 2015, LeBron James, Chris Paul, Dwyane Wade and Carmelo Anthony went on summer vacation to the Bahamas. After enjoying the water, the Banana Boat group returned to their boat.
However, LeBron couldn’t find Carmelo on the boat, so he started looking for him and, thinking quickly, saved his friend’s life.
“I saw that the current was a little stronger than what started where we were at first… I just knew he wasn’t in the boat with the rest of us, so I went looking for him. By the grace of God and through strength and not being afraid of the water, I was able to help him back into the boat.”
Carmelo Anthony later said that when he called for help, D. Wade and Chris Paul thought he was joking.