There’s no surprise that Carmelo Anthony rumors are swirling. The seven-time All-Star has the ability to opt out of the final year of his contract this offseason. Given the dismally dysfunctional season that the Knicks are currently having, there is a good possibility that Anthony will do just that.
New York was once his first choice of destination, but after last year’s disappointing early playoff exit and this year’s disastrous season, it is hard to blame anyone for wanting to leave. Anthony, who is having one of the best seasons of his career, is averaging 28.1 points, 8.4 rebounds and three assists per game. His shooting numbers are all near career highs, and his turnovers are at a career low. It is hard to blame Anthony for the Knicks’ problems. They have hardly done anything whatsoever to make him want to stay.
With rumors about Carmelo Anthony swirling every which way, there are two that appear to be the most captivating within the NBA community. The first is his name being linked to the Chicago Bulls, with even their captain, Joakim Noah, being involved in the courting of Anthony. What is best is how much sense Chicago makes for Carmelo – he needs them desperately.
The Bulls have a no-nonsense coach in Tom Thibodeau who successfully preaches defense, teamwork, and unselfishness. If you add in a possibly healthy Derrick Rose next season, you may have a title contender. But as much as Carmelo needs the Bulls, do the Bulls really need or want Carmelo? Does a team that bases their success on unselfish basketball want to give a max deal to a player that has a history of being selfish? These are serious questions that Chicago must ask.
In the past 24 hours, another rumor has emerged involving the always over-speculated-upon Phil Jackson. The New York Knicks have reportedly reached out to Jackson with interest in him becoming both part of their front office as well as their head coach next season. This is interesting for a couple of reasons. First of all, who would not want Phil Jackson to be their coach? Well, except for the Lakers. Secondly, it is humorous that they are reaching out for a new coach when they currently have one under contract. This is sadly not surprising coming from a gutless front office headed by James Dolan.
Even if these rumors surrounding Phil Jackson are true, why would he even want to deal with such a backwards, disastrous franchise like the Knicks? They haven’t won a title since he played for them in 1973. For a 68-year-old man that already has 13 total rings, what else does he have to prove? Absolutely nothing.
All of these swirling rumors surrounding Carmelo and the Knicks mean two things. In order for Phil Jackson to even contemplate coaching the Knicks, Carmelo Anthony would have to stay. In order for Carmelo Anthony to even contemplate staying with the Knicks, Phil Jackson would have to coach.
Opinion by Rich Peters
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