Carmelo Anthony reportedly asked what it’s like to play for Bulls

Sam Spiegelman

The New York Knicks as we know them are all but over, so let the speculation about Carmelo Anthony’s future begin.

According to the New York Daily News, Anthony asked a former Chicago Bulls played what it was like playing for head coach Tom Thibodeau.

Maybe Anthony was just curious, or maybe where there’s smoke there’s some fire. Maybe Anthony was doing his due diligence, as Thibs is going to be part of the USA Basketball coaching staff this summer.

From the Daily News:

Carmelo Anthony recently approached a former Chicago Bulls player and asked a loaded question that should make Phil Jackson a little nervous.

“What is it like to play for Thibs?” Anthony said.

Anthony’s interest in Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau can be taken one of several ways. Anthony, who lives and breathes basketball, is merely interested in learning something about one of the NBA’s top coaches. In fact, Anthony will be working with Thibodeau, who was named to USA Basketball’s coaching staff last June.

Of course, Anthony’s impromptu background check on Thibodeau could also be his idea of due diligence since the Bulls loom as an attractive option this summer for the free-agent-to-be.

Every little thing Anthony does over the next few weeks and months is going to be scrutinized to the highest degree. If he starts eating California avocados maybe it’s a sign that he’s off to the Lakers. If he texts Joakim Noah it probably mean’s he’s joining the Bulls. And if he tries out for a role in a Broadway play, well then Phil Jackson convinced him to remain with the Knicks.

Pro Basketball Talk considers the Bulls as the frontrunner to land Anthony if and when he opts out of his contract, which he’s expected to do. The Bulls get the edge because they have a more championship-caliber club in place, not to mention Derrick Rose has yet to even remain on the court. Anthony could be the X-factor for that squad.

But let’s not count out the Zen Master just yet. If he thinks Anthony is the right piece in New York, he’ll do his best recruiting job to get him to stay. Both Jackson and Anthony have previously said Anthony is  a part of the Knicks’ future, and that the two will sit down and discuss it.




200 comments
knickster
knickster

If Phil jackson signs Odom, you can bet he will fail miserably in New York. Only Isaiah Thomas would put JR and Odom together.

danewyorkr
danewyorkr

Phil Jackson possible Plans:

(A) Melo stays. basically stuck with the same team we have now that will win 45-50 games with a real coach and a 2nd round exit. 


(B) Melo Leaves. Bulls: We sign and trade for Butler Hinrich and Gibson and maybe a 1st round pick. 45-50 wins


(C) Melo Leaves. Rockets: We sign and trade for Beverley, and Asik and a 1st round pick. 45 wins


(D) Melo leaves. Pacers: We sign and trade for Paul George, Copeland, Scola for Melo and Shumpert. The Pacers have enough defense and need scoring. They will have  5 good years with a line up of Hill Stephenson Melo West and Hibbert. The Knicks get a young star to build around.50-55 wins



ReneNYK1
ReneNYK1

IF Melo leaves us the first game we face him I will pull his weak ass shoulder .LOL

ReneNYK1
ReneNYK1

I much rather have Gasol than Chandler,he passes well and scores and Chandler has been mailing it on the Dee.

anthony G. Decesare
anthony G. Decesare

Melo to the rockets on a sign and trade for Lin's expiring, Asik expiring, Chandler Parsons and a #1 pick this year, maybe another #1 being down the road....makes sense for both teams....melo, Harden and Howard for the Rockets, 5 big expiring contracts, 3 young players and a 1st round pick or 2 to work with to start rebuilding this thing.

Blaze NYK
Blaze NYK

I'm honestly ok if Melo wants to leave.  I mean, I want him to stay, think he would be stupid to walk away from Phil Jackson, but I don't want to overpay for him or give him the supermax.  And his situation is such that there are only a few teams that he would potentially want to play for where he can go.  If he wants to go to The Bulls, for example, he would have to do it via sign and trade.  And with Phil in charge, I feel like we will get back good value for Melo.  


Rockets and Bulls could net us some good players and picks.  A Rockets trade that included Asik could then allow us to flip Chandler this off season for more players and picks.  We'll have STAT and Bargnani coming off the books soon enough.  If Melo doesn't want to ride it out, so be it.  I'll always be a Knicks fan and I think with Phil and a new coach and the Triangle offense and emphasis on defense (Triangle allows for two defensive guards), I think we'll make improvements.  

cole3244
cole3244

don't worry whiny wilma's melo isn't going anywhere, only here in nyc will he be able to find enough diluted fans to actually think he is an mvp and a super star plus get a max contract.


its just too bad the knowledgeable knicks fans have to suffer the same fate as the idiotic fanatical melo lovers.

brookdon
brookdon

Melo should have gotten that shoulder fixed last year. I blame our illiterate medical team.

dagawd
dagawd

Underground sources are saying don't be surprised if MelO ends up in Mia SnT

Mets0987
Mets0987

If Melo leaves I'm good with it. I'm still going to like him and support him and sh!!t. If that happens that starts a new phase for the knicks on creating a championship team. We could see what Phil Jackson is about on making this team better.

ReneNYK1
ReneNYK1

We have to start this this early already.

VerySilentJay
VerySilentJay

Christ....LBJ sat down with 6 different teams (Chi, NJ, LAC, NY, Clev, Miami) before the world found out he had gotten together with Wade and Bosh 6 months earlier to arrange their little meeting....

Now someone can't ask around?

Wow.

knicksgirl35
knicksgirl35

Some of you folks will fall for anything. If Melo wanted to know what it's like to be coached by Thibs/wanted to go to the Bulls, don't you think he would've been more kgee about it? He could've called a couple guys on the phone or some shiit.

The press needs controversy and a story and some of you fell for it hook, line and sinker.

Melo wouldn't leave his faithful fans and the $$$$. He wants to be courted and Phil better get to courtin. Sit by him on some penthouse porch and get to work!

C0P0
C0P0

Honestly, can you blame him for asking?


Come on Zen Master. 

Start Zenning up a plan that'll make this team better and convince Melo to stay. 

dagawd
dagawd

H-Town And Clipper Land are the best SnT teams for MelO

SheSaidSpikeWho
SheSaidSpikeWho

We'll find out soon enough. I love Melo but I love the Knicks more. If he wants to leave, so be it. I was a Knicks fan before Melo and will remain one after. If he stays, great. Let's surround him with the right pieces. A leading pg, consistent role players, dirty work guys, and a consistent/efficient 2nd scorer.

donche
donche

There is no way the pacers would ever trade Paul George...he has KD treatment and stars never get traded for stars at the same position

dagawd
dagawd

@ReneNYK1  Sounds like you're a candidate for the H.C position

Josh Gabriel
Josh Gabriel

@anthony G. Decesare  And you can flip Chandler's expiring contract for more assets and keep the younger, more promising Asik. I'm pretty sure someone further down in the comments said that already. 

danewyorkr
danewyorkr

@cole3244  put melo on the Pacers or Bulls and they win rings. His defense is average but far from bad and he scores and rebounds. Tibbs and Vogel would loveca guy who can put up 60. Imagine Melo with a real coach.

knicksgirl35
knicksgirl35

He has to start taking what Leroid is taking.

SheSaidSpikeWho
SheSaidSpikeWho

@sir_manolo  I hear what you're saying but I don't think that will happen next year (JR having the ultimate green light). Phil is going to hire a new coach and that coach will actually implement a system and JR will be required to buy in. He has the ultimate green light under Woody now. I don't think he'll have it next year the way he does now. 

tommy2b
tommy2b

@sir_manolo  What color light does JR have now?  He 'achieved' an NBA record 22 3PA if you forgot... 

knicksgirl35
knicksgirl35

@sir_manolo  Melo haters deserve what they get if he does leave. 10-15 long years of mediocrity and frustration. LMAO!

knicksgirl35
knicksgirl35

@dagawd  You're always with the "I heard" and "sources say." You know what you can do with your sources right?

C0P0
C0P0

@dagawd  I keep seeing CP3 getting his wish to partner with Melo. 

Shudder at the thought. 

C0P0
C0P0

@SheSaidSpikeWho  Damn right! Knicks First!

knicksgirl35
knicksgirl35

@Jesus Blas @sir_manolo  LMAO! Entertaining, talented but stupid as hell.

Blaze NYK
Blaze NYK

@knicksgirl35  We won't be that bad for that long if Melo leaves.  We'll get some pieces back for him and will have a draft pick next year.  Then we'll have a lot of cap space to go after guys like Gasol, Aldridge.  Phil brings us credibility.  Even more than one player, we'll have a real system and team culture in place.  That trumps Melo (or any other super star) in the long run.

dagawd
dagawd

@C0P0 We will findout if that Toast really went down or it was just Media Created

Blaze NYK
Blaze NYK

@knicksgirl35  Phil's gonna reign JR in and bring out the best in him.  He did it with Rodman, Artest and Odom.  No reason why he can't with JR.