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Five Reasons Carmelo Anthony Will Stay with Knicks

The New York Knicks released the 2014-2015 Schedule (Photo by Torrance White)
Carmelo Anthony Should Remain in a Knicks Uniform (Photo by Marc Rasbury)

Carmelo Anthony Should Remain in a Knicks Uniform (Photo by Marc Rasbury)

Carmelo Anthony is a free agent and has numerous teams after him and his talents, but I believe that ultimately, Melo will choose to keep his talents in New York and play for the Knicks. Here are five reasons why he will remain in blue and orange.

5. The Zen Master While Phil Jackson may not be coaching the New York Knicks (that falls in the hands of Derek Fisher, he does have 11 NBA Championship rings as a head coach and two as a player. He coached Michael Jordan, and Carmelo is signed to the Jordan Brand. He coached Kobe Bryant, who is a good friend of the Baltimore product. Furthermore, the trade of Tyson Chandler and Raymond Felton shows that Jackson will make moves to better the team, even when a deal doesn’t appear available.

4. Cap Space in a Year The New York Knicks are slated to have enough cap room to sign another maximum player in a year, or following the 2014-2015 season. The Knicks have over $35 million in salary coming off the books alone with Amar’e Stoudemire and Andrea Bargnani, allowing Phil Jackson, Derek Fisher and the rest of the Knicks organization to make a pitch to a free agent like Rajon Rondo, Kevin Love or LaMarcus Aldridge to bring their talents to the Big Apple.

3. The Triangle Offense With his fifth championship, Greg Popovich has cemented the thought that systems help teams win NBA championships. No system is more revered than the Triangle Offense, popularized by Jackson in Chicago and used again in Los Angeles. Derek Fisher was hired because he is a Jackson Disciple and will use that offense. Like Jordan and Bryant, Anthony will be the focus of the offense that makes it easier for his teammates to get involved, as opposed to the isolation-centric offense we saw the Knicks run a season ago.

2. Winning in New York Makes You Immortal Carmelo Anthony has to have noticed the way that very good players are treated by Knicks fans. Players like John Starks and Larry Johnson are adored by fans, and every time Patrick Ewing’s name is announced over the PA system, be it as a fan attending the game or as an assistant coach on the opposing team, there is a standing ovation waiting for him. For those old enough to remember, the 1973 Knicks are still loved, and whenever Walt Clyde Frazier, Willis Reed, Bill Bradley or Earl Monroe appear at the Garden, they are shown the respect legends deserve. Carmelo can achieve that legendary status if he is able to break the 42-year drought of no championship for the Knicks. Who knows, he could even be the subject of a Spike Lee film.

1. Money Everyone knows that the Knicks are the only team that can offer Carmelo five years and $129.1 million, but there is more. New York City offers more opportunities than any other city in this country, and though some may disagree, I will explain why. If a company wants to hire a player for a marketing campaign, they will, regardless of what city that player has 41 home games in. However, New York City affords additional opportunities just from meeting influential people. In the circles that Carmelo Anthony is in, he does business with people he meets while out on the town. New York City offers that, and more, and that is why he will stay.   For five reasons why Carmelo should head to the Bulls check out.

Carmelo Anthony Comtemplates His Decision (Photo by Torrance White)

Carmelo Anthony Comtemplates His Decision (Photo by Torrance White)

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