Former NBA player Royce White discussed one of the biggest sagas of the free agency and didn’t miss the chance to rip the Los Angeles Lakers, and especially LeBron James, for not signing Carmelo Anthony. To make things worse, White stated that “Melo is absolutely being blackballed” as the Lakers signed Jared Dudley and not the 10-time NBA All-Star.
“How is [LeBron] letting his banana boat buddy wait out there in the wings? And they go sign Jared Dudley and not Carmelo.”
–Royce White on why he thinks Melo is being blackballed. (via Fanatics View/YouTube) pic.twitter.com/rjq5WQ2XdV
— NBA on ESPN (@ESPNNBA) August 20, 2019
“He’s giving too much to the game for them not to allow him to play or for them to culturally just make a decision or an agreement that he’s not good enough anymore,” White said during an interview with ESPN. “All of us here who have played a game at the highest level know how good Melo is and we know that there’s no way that the Lakers would go out and sign Jared Dudley and not sign Carmelo Anthony.”
He then went on to question LeBron’s leadership and why the future Hall of Famer didn’t try to bring his long-time friend to the Staples Center.
“Another question is why a guy like LeBron is walking around here like he’s the face and voice of the players – how is he letting his banana boat buddy wait out there in the wings? And they go sign Jared Dudley and not Carmelo,” White said.
“If anybody watching this thinks that Jared Dudley can hold Carmelo Anthony’s jockstrap, I’ll slap you.”
After learning White’s comments, Dudley himself replied to White with a now deleted tweet.
“This isn’t Melo vs myself, That man is a 1st ballot HOFer.. We all want to see him back in the league.. Royce seems uniformed when he speaks and this situation in calling my name out. This league is not about who’s better then who it’s what’s players make for the best Team,” he said.
Melo is still trying to find his way back to the NBA this summer, but it doesn’t look like the Lakers are the team for him. He has a reputation that goes beyond his words. Not even his claims during ESPN’s First Take a couple of weeks ago have made NBA franchises to change their stance on Anthony.