LeBron James says Carmelo Anthony should do ‘whatever makes him happy’

LeBron James said Carmelo Anthony should do what makes him happy when he considers his options during free agency.       

LeBron James offered advice to Carmelo Anthony, who has said he’ll opt out of his New York Knicks contract and test free agency following this season.

”Whatever makes him happy,” James told reporters before his Miami Heat lost to the Knicks 102-92 on Thursday night at Madison Square Garden.

”You have to do whatever makes (you) happy at the end of the day. If you’re happy, the game of basketball is going to be fun for you. Strive to be great every day and you can live with whatever else happens. So we’ll see.”

James was a free agent in 2010, when he left Cleveland and signed with Miami in the infamous "Decision." He has led the Heat to three straight NBA Finals appearances and two consecutive league titles.

Although he could have signed for more money by staying with the Cavs, James opted to join the Heat. Would he suggest others choose winning over money?

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”I recommend it to me,” James said. ”It fit me. What I do don’t work for everybody, and the way I live my life doesn’€™t work for everybody. But all I care about is winning. I came to Miami to win. And money didn’t make me happy — winning made me happy. It still does. At the end of the day that’s what mattered to me.”

James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh — Miami’s Big Three — each can opt out of his contract after the season. For now, they’re all more focused on a three-peat.

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