Predicting where Carmelo Anthony will end up after the 2014 NBA season
Carmelo Anthony just can’t make up his mind…does he want to be a Laker or a Knick after the 2014 NBA off-season?
HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Melo looks like he’s choosing between New York and Los Angeles. Tough life he’s got.
Just last Wednesday, Carmelo Anthony told the New York Observer that he “want[s] to be a free agent” and that he thinks “everybody in the NBA dreams to be a free agent at least one time in their career.” Very understandable not only from the egocentric standpoint of many current NBA superstars, but also because the New York Knicks have consistently disappointed once the playoffs begin. Amare Stoudemire’s mammoth contract might have something to do with the handicap that the Knicks are forced to play with, but something just hasn’t panned out in New York.
Meanwhile in Miami, LeBron James is a two-time NBA champion and reigning two-time MVP. In Chicago, the Bulls just got former MVP, Derrick Rose, back from an ACL tear and look to compete deep into the 2014 NBA playoffs. Even Paul George and the Pacers look to improve on what was already an impressive run in 2013. The Knicks, who were once a formidable force in a relatively weak Eastern conference are now looking up at more than just a single team. And Carmelo Anthony’s hopes at winning an NBA championship are dwindling with it.
But then only a day later, Carmelo Anthony told the New York Daily News that “I’m in New York…I don’t want to go anywhere, I don’t plan on going anywhere.” So what is it Melo? Do you want to pursue other opportunities or are you going to stay in New York?
I don’t buy this idea of Anthony entertaining leaving New York for Los Angeles for one main reason: Kobe Bryant. Picture two of the NBA’s most prolific—and selfish—scorers on the same team. Two players with huge egos who probably would have difficulties communicating with each other and the team…it just doesn’t look appealing. Kobe Bryant and Carmelo Anthony could never work as well as LeBron James and Dwyane Wade has worked because 1) LeBron is better than Kobe Bryant and 2) LeBron can facilitate an offense happily and Bryant has a scorer first, second, and third mentality. He wants the ball every shot.
Now that’s great for a team with minimal scoring talent…like the Lakers have now. But it’s not a great place for Carmelo Anthony for the 2014-15 NBA season and beyond. Melo should learn from Dwight Howard’s mistake and just stay away from LA. I think he will, and his statement to the NY Daily News will prove to be the more telling one. Melo will stay in New York.
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