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The 10-time NBA All-Star joined the Posted Up with Chris Haynes podcast to discuss his new memoir “Where Tomorrows Aren’t Promised” - which is available for purchase now. Plus, Anthony covers his decision to sign with the Los Angeles Lakers, reveals the other teams he was considering in free agency and how things come to an end with the Trail Blazers. Hear the full conversation on the Posted Up with Chris Haynes podcast. Subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher or wherever you listen.
CHRIS HAYNES: Hey, everybody. Welcome back to the Posted Up of Chris Haynes's podcast here on Yahoo Sports. I've got the pleasure on this episode of having a good brother, the first time actually being on, man, the new Los Angeles Laker, forward Carmelo Anthony. You've got a new memoir coming out, and the name of that book is coming out today. Drop it today. "Where Tomorrows Aren't Promised."
CARMELO ANTHONY: Yes.
CHRIS HAYNES: Yes. Without giving us too much what can we expect when we read this?
CARMELO ANTHONY: I'm letting people into a different world of mine. So a story that I've never told that I've always kept near and dear to me, my family, and my friends because I just didn't want to bring people into that world. I said, that's a sacred world for me.
CHRIS HAYNES: And, just to reiterate, these are never before told stories.
CARMELO ANTHONY: These are never ever ever told before stories. Again, these are stories that you had to be there to know. It's my truth, things that I've been through, but it's universal. At the end of the day, it's a universal truth. It's a universal message. Everybody can find something in reading this book.
CHRIS HAYNES: No doubt. I'm going to cop that today as well, so you've got my support, Melo.
You've been through, like you said, we're talking about you being a Laker. You were a New York guy, man. You wore the Knicks jersey on your sleeve, man. You repped that to the fullest. Is there any hesitation to be like, come on, man. This ain't me. I'm from the East Coast.
CARMELO ANTHONY: It was, bro. I had just moved. I had just bought a house in New York, so it was just, that transition, I didn't expect it. It was unexpected. I think that's more of what it was. It was just unexpected. I never expected the Lakers to call. I never expected Verne to call, so that was just far-fetched for me. So I never expected it.
CHRIS HAYNES: What was the deciding factor in choosing the Lakers? Was it LeBron, or was it something else?
CARMELO ANTHONY: Winning. Having a great chance to win. Basketball is easy. We're going to adapt. We're going to do what we've got to do to try to make it work. But people don't understand everything else that goes along with that. Getting up and moving. Your family might not be going with you. There are kids in school, you know what I'm saying? So that's the difficult part and the hard part that the average person doesn't look at when we have to make these decisions.
CHRIS HAYNES: What were other teams out there that you were considering?
CARMELO ANTHONY: Well, to be honest, I found myself sitting around and waiting on Portland for something. I was just like, I don't want to talk to anybody yet. I'm going to just see what Portland does, see what happens, see what's being said.
I was talking to Dame, talking to CJ. I was just waiting to see. OK, are they going to call? Are they interested? I haven't heard anything. Or do they want to bring me back? Do they want to move on? I know they got a new coach. I'm sure there were a lot of things that were happening over there that were just not clear.
I made that almost a home for me. Within two years, I just felt like I was a part of that community. New York was always there. Coming back to New York was always a story. I've always told my son, when he goes to high school, I'll be right there with you. You know what I'm saying? So the New York thing made sense.
Philly, I was looking at Philly. I didn't really get a chance to really converse with Philly, but there was interest there. But those really. New Orleans had interest. The interest was there, and it felt good to see that again and be a part of teams being interested in me. I was just happy to be in a situation where I had options this time around.
CHRIS HAYNES: Did Portland ever get back to you?
CARMELO ANTHONY: No, they didn't get back to me the way that I thought they were going to get back to me. There is no loyalty in sports, and not to say that Poland did anything wrong. Just overall, there's no loyalty in sports.
The reason why I was sitting around waiting because I'm a loyal person, so I was waiting. And I didn't want to Dame. I didn't want to leave CJ and those guys. But it is. I know the business of the game. I know the business of sports. I know what it is.
CHRIS HAYNES: Last season in Portland, it was tough for all of you guys. And I know personally, you, CJ, and Dame, you guys were close on group texts, things that were going on with that team. And then Dame came out publicly, and he made it known that he felt like he was at a crossroad. He had a decision to make. He didn't know what he was going to do long term. Did you reach out to him? Did you have any advice for him? Because you've kind of gone through similar types of situations.
CARMELO ANTHONY: Listen, you know me and Dame are friends, so you know we speak all the time. Our conversation never was like, man, I'm getting out of here. You know what I'm saying? Dame is Portland. Dame will always be Portland. The next person's going to have to do a lot to be where Dame is at in Portland.
And that's his town. That's his city. That's his organization, so we've never talked about him leaving. He's never talked about leaving. What he talked about is, I want to win. And I want to do it here in Portland, but if it's not going to work, it's not going to work. And I think that's the battle that he deals with.
CHRIS HAYNES: Last question, you've done it all in basketball, the accomplishment, everything. Except for that NBA Finals championship. Is that something you feel like you have to have, or do you feel like, if I get it it's cool, but I feel validated anyway?
CARMELO ANTHONY: I'm going to tell you what. If I didn't go to the Lakers, it wasn't something that was heavy on me. I had to really come to grips and be at peace with, if I if I walk away from the game without it, I'm cool. I'm cool regardless.
Now that I'm with the Lakers, it's a must have. There's no question. There's no questions about it. We've got to get it. It's go time now. I've got to think about it. I've got to think about it every second of the day.
CHRIS HAYNES: That makes sense, Melo. That makes sense. Man, bro, look, let me tell everybody out there, go cop this today. Melo's memoir, "Where Tomorrow's Aren't Promised." Check it out, share, tell a friend. See y'all next week.