Sam SpiegelmanThe 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.