Just because LeBron James said that he would actually take a pay cut to play with Carmelo Anthony, Dwyane Wade and Chris Paul before their careers are over, doesn't mean it's anything more than a hoops pipe dream.
Just ask Melo, who pretty much laughed off the whole scheme.
When the New York Daily News asked the New York Knicks' All-Star forward on whether he would relocate to a team with his three friends or roll out the red carpet so they could come to the Big Apple, Melo replied: “Nah. I think by that time you want to go somewhere warm. That’s later. That would be later… retirement.”
With all four players in their 30s, they would definitely have the time to chill at that point.
“I don’t know,” Anthony said, continuing to speak to reporters about the far-fetched possibility. “We still got years in this league. We’ll see if that happens."
He added: “I'll take a pay cut if it happens. I think we all would have to take a pay cut.”
This comes in response to King James telling the Bleacher Report about 'The Brotherhood' being teammates at some point down the line.
"I really hope that, before our career is over, we can all play together," James told Bleacher Report. "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. It would be pretty cool. I've definitely had thoughts about it."
He even elaborated about it while speaking with ESPN.
"I don't know how realistic it could be," James continued. "It would definitely be cool if it happened, but we don't know how realistic it could be to have us four. But, I mean, if you got an opportunity to work with three of your best friends [you take it], no matter what. It's not even about sports. It's about being around guys that you don't even have to say nothing, you automatically know. We just have that type of history.
"So can it happen?" he added. "I don't know if it can even happen, but it would be cool."
Would definitely be unprecedented. But the question is, even if they could make it happen, would it be too late in their careers for the super squad to have the impact they want?
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