KEY POINTS

  • Carmelo Anthony says the Lakers are taking things one step at a time
  • Anthony bares that they are fully aware of what they're going to face going next season
  • Malik Monk and Kendrick Nunn are expected to play major minutes down the road

Carmelo Anthony believes that the new-look Los Angeles Lakers will be able to put things together as the season progresses.

The newest member of the Lakers spoke with the media after their practice session on Wednesday, October 13 and shared his thoughts on the matter.

“I thought we had some great moments when all four of us [LeBron James, Russell Westbrook, Anthony Davis] were on the floor together. We don’t expect it to happen overnight, but yesterday was one of those moments that okay, we see that, it looks good, it felt good, we feel alright,” Anthony explained.

“I think we’ll figure it out much quicker than people giving us credit for, but that’s on us, that’s something that we take that challenge, that’s something we know. That’s definitely something that we talk about.”

When the Lakers swung a deal for Russell Westbrook, many questioned the front office for their decision to trade away most of their bench depth for a guard who is not that good at shooting the ball from three.

Things would later fall into place as the Lakers acquired more veterans to round out the roster.

Anthony, Dwight Howard, Trevor Ariza and Rajon Rondo headlined the Lakers’ offseason player shopping spree as they hope to gun for the franchise’s 18th title, breaking the current tie at 17 championships with bitter rivals the Boston Celtics.

The Lakers are aware of the uphill battle they face this season with teams like the Utah Jazz, Denver Nuggets and a resurgent Phoenix Suns all hoping to make it out of the Western Conference.

Westbrook previously made a promise to Anthony Davis to keep pushing him to bring out the best of him as he will be a major piece in their title run this season.

To help alleviate concerns of an all-veteran core, the Lakers also added Kendrick Nunn and Malik Monk, who are all expected to play major minutes as the season drags into the latter portions.

The Lakers will have a challenging start to their title journey as they welcome the Golden State Warriors on October 20 and then the Suns three days later to the Staples Center.