With the entire sports world on hold right now, sports fans are suffering severe withdrawal symptoms, which are indirectly associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. Every memorable sporting event from the last 30 years is being replayed on ESPN.
Frankly, I have chosen not to binge on old sporting events. To me, this is like going through old newspapers or magazines. I would rather see something current, where I don’t know the story, or how it ends. I heard just such a story yesterday.
The story comes from a live Instagram video conducted by Dwayne Wade and Carmelo yesterday for their basketball-starved fans. As the story goes, Wade and Anthony were on vacation a few years ago with LeBron James and Chris Paul in the Bahamas.
Anthony and Wade were reminiscing about some of their vacations together and Melo told the story of a time when he nearly drowned. Melo, a 10-time All-Star, recalled how he jumped off the boat during their tour to take a better look at some barracudas.
“It was my fault though,” Anthony said. “I was still trying to see the last bit of the barracuda, snorkeling and all that,” Anthony began. “It was my fault. I look up, the current is taking me to the middle of the ocean, like opposite from the boat.
“It was windy, all type of s— was going through my head, I’ll be honest with you. Then I look up at the boat and I see Bron jump off the boat like he is MacGyver … He jumped off the boat into the water.” James dragged Anthony back to the boat with one arm.
Wade expressed admiration for James courage displayed in the brave rescue. “I’ve told people this story before,” Wade said. “Listen, I’ve said in before. I’ve seen LeBron do a lot of amazing things on the court. Off the court, he just went and saved Melo’s life.”
James is currently leading the NBA in assists this season and has over 9,000 of them throughout his career. But I guess there was no more important assist than the one he gave to Anthony that day in the treacherous waters of the Atlantic Ocean.