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Carmelo Anthony: What Could Have Been And What Lies Ahead

Carmelo Anthony, JR Smith and Iman Shumpert

The New York Knicks open the season today at Madison Square Garden versus Derrick Rose and the  Chicago Bulls. The Bulls are known for being a physical team that can wear on you, especially on the defensive end. But during the offseason, there was a different battle going on between both of these teams. They were both trying to obtain the services of star forward Carmelo Anthony. Chicago was searching for that one offensive piece that could help them get over the top. The Knicks were looking to make Melo the focal point of Knicks president Phil Jackson’s rebuilding plan. It was a decision that kept both teams in anticipation, but Carmelo eventually decided to stay with the New York Knicks. When asked about the presentation the Bulls laid out for him, Carmelo said, “The presentation they made to me was very impressive and I will leave it at that.” The Bulls left an impression on Carmelo and seriously made him think about leaving. But now the Bulls can think of what would have been.

Imagine the lineup Chicago would have had with Melo and Rose on the same court? Both are dynamic offensive players and if Rose were to stay healthy, there would not be as big an issue as there was in the past for the Bulls in terms of scoring. And with the addition of Melo to the team, he would have been protected defensively with the likes of Taj Gibson and Joakim Noah at power forward and center respectively. That lineup, along with Jimmy Butler at shooting guard would have produced at least 55 wins and would have made the Bulls even more dangerous offensively. But the addition of Carmelo would not have come with some other challenges. For example, both Melo and Rose are guys that play with the ball in their hands. It would have been interesting to see how they would co-exist offensively. Another effect of Carmelo coming would have been the potential of less cap space to fill out the rest of the roster. Players like European rookie Nikola Mirotic, rookie Doug McDermott and veteran big man Pau Gasol may not have ever wore the Bulls uniform. That would have made for a less deep team, but competitive nonetheless.

Carmelo would go on to say, “His mindset is not on them (the Bulls) right now and he has to worry about his own situation.” Melo seems like he is all-in under what Phil is selling him. He is focused on trying to finish what he came to New York for: to win. The journey toward achieving that goal starts against a team that almost acquired his services and that Carmelo says he “has a lot of insight and understanding what they are about.” We shall see what all that means when he steps between the lines for the first game of this regular season. Does he really have that much knowledge as to what goes on in the Bulls organization or was Melo just talking? That question could be answered on the court tonight. But one thing is for sure, both teams took on different looks based on one decision by a star that both wanted. And in the end, we shall see which decision was for the betterment of Melo basketball-wise and if the miss on Melo was the best thing to happen to the Bulls this offseason.

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5 Comments

  1. Randy

    October 29, 2014 at 7:48 pm

    Good article.. The Bulls still have the upper hand as far as tonight is concerned. We’ll see the true outcome in the long run… 

  2. Chinwe

    October 30, 2014 at 4:36 am

    I think Chicago is better off without Carmelo Anthony. Pau Gasol seems like a guy that can get you 15 points a game, and with Joakim Noah and Taj Gibson’s production on the frontcourt, Derrick Rose can do what he does best:make plays scoring the basketball. I think if Carmelo Anthony was around, he wouldn’t be a defensive liability but he would slow down the tempo and rhythm and would halt Rose’s production as Rose gets back into the flow of the action.

  3. RLCooper

    January 15, 2015 at 7:47 pm

    IMO the Bulls right now no longer need Rose and never needed Mello. If Rose was off the Bulls this evening the team would increase their likelyhood of reaching the NBA finals by 20% or more.
    Mello needs a situation where his teammates will rebound, defend and go out of their way to force him to score the ball, similar to what Harden has in Houston.

    • Mike Patton

      January 15, 2015 at 8:06 pm

      I disagree about the Bulls no longer needing Rose. With him, they have more weapons and are more dangerous. Without him, you are more predictable and have less weapons. I know I would rather have more playmakers than less playmakers when it comes to crunch/playoff time.

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