When LeBron James called Carmelo Anthony about joining the Los Angeles Lakers, he wasn’t expecting it. It was a real call, Anthony said — “No bulls–t” — and it centered around a topic they’d talked about turning into a reality for years.

And, in recalling that conversation, Anthony revealed what everyone already knew about who’s really running the Lakers.

“’Yo. I need you.’ Say less. You ain’t gotta say nothing,” Anthony said him during an appearance on Sunday’s “Million Dollaz Worth of Game” podcast. “I already know what time it is when you — you hit me. Direct. The GM ain’t hit me. You the GM.”

Anthony has been doing a plethora of interviews lately, to promote the release of his new book, “Where Tomorrows Aren’t Promised,” a memoir written with D. Watkins released last week. About a month prior, on Aug. 3, Anthony agreed to a one-year deal with the Lakers — whose general manager is Rob Pelinka — signing with his fourth team in five seasons. He spent the previous two years with the Portland Trail Blazers — appearing in 127 games and averaging 15.4 and 13.4 points per game in his first and second season, respectively — and started only three games during the 2020-21 campaign, the second-fewest of his career, to help key Portland’s sixth-place finish in the Western Conference.