J.R. Smith believes Carmelo Anthony remains with Knicks; Are the Bulls leading the race?

Sam Spiegelman

Speculation about Carmelo Anthony’s future is well underway, and after the New York Knicks’ victory over the Brooklyn Nets Tuesday night, one of his longtime teammates weighed in on the subject.

Asked his feelings about Anthony’s free agency, J.R. Smith said he wasn’t worried about his longtime teammate leaving.

“In my heart, I believe he’ll still be here,” Smith, who played the last seven seasons with ‘Melo dating back to Denver, told ESPN New York.  “It’s just a matter of him coming up with that decision. Whatever it is, we’re still going to be friends ’til our dying days, so I mean, whether he’s on my team or he isn’t, I still love him like a brother.”

With the Knicks falling out of playoff contention last week, all attention has shifted onto what Anthony’s future holds. He’s been linked to the Chicago Bulls, Houston Rockets and Los Angeles Lakers via rumors, though new Knicks president has stated he believes Anthony is a part of the team’s future.

The Bulls have seemingly surfaced as the frontrunner for Anthony.

According to the Chicago Tribune, Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau “would love to add Anthony” to the roster. Anthony and Thibodeau share an agent, and the coach has already refuted claims that Anthony is a selfish ball-stopper.

Earlier this week, it was reported that Anthony was asking what it was like to play under Thibs. Prior to the team’s game against Chicago, Anthony had nothing but praise for the Bulls coach — who is defensive-minded, by the way — but it’s nothing over the top or overly obvious.

“(The Bulls) have a great coach and system,” Anthony said. “It’s like Gregg Popovich’s system. You can put anyone in the system and it’s going to work. Guys have been in and out of the lineup and they still get it done.”

Anthony said those factors will surely be considered when he becomes a free agent, but he also said he won’t dwell on the Knicks’ disappointing 2013-14 season.

It’s been Anthony’s plan all along to exercise his player option this offseason. It’s just a coincidence that this was the first season in his career that his team failed to make the postseason.

“All this stuff will come into consideration, but I won’t never make it seem like because of this season I’m going to become a free agent. It has nothing to do with this season went,’’ Anthony said. “Even if we had the greatest of a season I probably would still be in that situation.’’




141 comments
xmenreturn
xmenreturn

To all the so-called Knicks Fans that think Phil will not be able to attract top players without Melo, you are comatose!  Phil alone will attract players due to his winning pedigree and this being the best place to play b-ball, players will surely come running if the money is there. 

Our Knicks have never had our dynasty tied to whether Melo is here. Melo is a passer by that had a chance to win something with this being HIS team!  

Now it's Phil's team until he finds a player worthy of it being that person' team!

If you think we can't win without a 30 year old Melo, too bad and see ya! 

The name on the front of the jersey has my allegiance more than the name on the back of the jersey! 

knicksgirl35
knicksgirl35

Bottom line with Melo he's just too self-conscious. He feels like he has to do everything. The headmaster will fix that.

HarthorneWingoStarr
HarthorneWingoStarr

I think it would be best for Melo and the Knicks' organization for him to sign elsewhere. I don't know if Phil Jackson has any talent in personnel decisions but let's give him a chance. We not likely to be a great team next year regardless of is Melo stays or not. Personally I'd rather see him go and then have all that money to play with in 2015. I've waited 40+ years for another Knicks championship. One more year wait time is pretty insignificant to me at this point.

lobcity1
lobcity1

I can't wait for the Melo haters reaction on here when the Knicks resign Melo.

kidrobot
kidrobot

We can win without Melo.  Not always, but for the sake of next year- who cares.  Let Shumpert and Hardaway develop.  Give Toure some burn, Tyler, Aldrich and keep STAT.  Package Chandler & Felton and buyout Bargs.  Roll the dice for a year, get a decent pick and RELOAD around a further developed Shumpert/Hardaway tandem

chudogz1
chudogz1

@kingkiyan. Any Phil Jackson team that ran the triangle offense never had great point guards... Go Knicks

MeloStat301
MeloStat301

@lobcity They'll say hes a selfish loser, and doesn't want to win, only cares about money...yadda yadda...new narrative!

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@lobcity If we resign him that means we have to win with him then.  Not like the last 4 years are in indicator correct? 

If Phil thinks he can be the one to finally win something with Melo, let it be so.  That will surely be on Phil.  Isiah gambled on players too!

VerySilentJay
VerySilentJay

@OLDKNICK  Two seasons in a row Shumpert has put things together late.

I don't know if it's a metal thing, physical thing, but next season, if we want our backcourt to improve, we need more consistency from Shump.


xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@kingkiyan So wait then, So why would Melo stay knowing Phil is not the coach and that he can't get any better players next year?

Yes, having Phil in that role is a risk and it's an even bigger risk for Melo since he's 30 and Phil won't be on the sidelines!

Players will surely come to NY knowing a winner like Phil is here even if he's now in a new role.   NYC is always a top place to play and now we have a winner running the b-ball operations with complete autonomy. 

If the money is comparable, players will surely come here rather then going to some other low market forgotten place. 

JUST WATCH!  In 2015+ when we have Melo and STATues off our books, we will go after top players. 

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@BiggieTKB Melo will walk away because Phil does not want him especially for near max and that Melo is already 30.  Phil will not be able to get him another star player next year.  

So Melo will be at least 31 before he MAY get some help.  

Phil's timetable is 5 years (his contract).  That doesn't align with Melo being a top dog here at age 35. 

Phil can wait a year or so but can Melo?

mel brown
mel brown

@xmenreturn @kingkiyan I go to concrete evidence again..,..data.  Check Chalmers' PER, 3 point shooting percentage, and defensive statistics....

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@MeloStat301 No he's not a selfish loser.  He's just not a smart player compared to the other superstars who have won anything.  Remember, Melo is competing against others.  

When the game gets on the line, Melo is total perimeter and he rarely gets to the foul line.   No one (not even MJ, Bird, Kobe and etc) wins games from the perimeter consistently.   

They beat you with their mind by making good decisions
(passing to the right person or taking it to the rim and getting on the foul line)

lobcity1
lobcity1

Xmen

We were just talking yesterday about how Melo needs help and hasn't gotten it.

rgm891
rgm891

He definately will for sure. A coach with a system who knows how to utilize players strengths can only make shump more consistent. The kids future is bright if he continues to play with heart which wouldnt be an issue with him.

Knicks_Fanatic
Knicks_Fanatic

@VerySilentJay @OLDKNICK 

Last season Shump came off ACL surgery and he started out slow due to injury. This year, once he went to bench and wasn't playing out of position at SF, he seemed to find his game. He has been at his best as an energy guy off the bench under both D'Antoni and Woody. Maybe it's more about role than mental.

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@kingkiyan YIKES! LBJ was the only star on the Cavs team period.  Stop the nonsense! 

If you can't see LBJ plays smarter team ball than Melo, you are completely comatose.

You have no idea about smart high pct b-ball!  Everyone makes mistakes and bad decisions at times.

However, game by game, LBJ is light years smarter than Melo as a player.  

Dude, the Heat have no inside presence on that team. Wade and Allen and others have been hurt all throughput the season. 

LBJ is the main dog on the Heat period.

You can keep putting your Helmet in the sand but some of us know something about the game.

I wouldn't make excuses like you do about ANY player period!  

In 10 years in this league, you are what u are!  If Melo hasn't had any help in 10 years, who's fault is that?  Did he sign on for a 10 year contract?

Melo now has a choice again!  He can opt out and go to a team where he has built in help like the Bulls or he can make another bad decision. 

I'm even here thinking he will finally make a good decision but surely it's Melo so I surely could be wrong. lol



xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@kingkiyan Dude, It's about the playoffs and the Heat are going for their 3rd ring in a row and 4th NBA Finals in a row!

Do u really want to compare that to Melo's last 4 years?

Get real and stop sniffing that glue!  Your Helmet is already on tight enough!

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@kingkiyan I never stated LBJ didn't have any talent.  Here's what you neglect to see.

1. LBJ took a Cavs team without much talent to the NBA Finals.

2. LBJ was SMART to team up with someone like Wade to help him get his 1st ring. They also brought Bosh along too.  

That alone should tell you how much smarter LBJ is than Melo.

Melo left Denver taking many of our younger players and etc when he could have come here on his own.  But he didn't want to risk taking a little less money due to the CBA being in flux. 

Melo was a superstar and yet he actually thought he would get paid little money from the new CBA?  YIKES!

3.  Watch, LBJ will be smart again and leave the Heat to win a ring on his own without Wade now that he has that king kong off his back.  Hopefully he tries it with us. 


xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@kingkiyan Hey man, you see what you want to seeNo one in the world is going to make you see Melo as the player he is.  

We all will see how the Melo saga unfolds and please come back here no matter what.  I will and I surely don't mind being wrong. 

If Melo were to stay, I will still root hard for my Knicks. I will just be unsure whether Melo can get us to the next level here.


xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@BiggieTKB Dude, LBJ is a winner and he has taken his team further than Melo but with less talent. 

LBJ has 2 rings already going for a 3rd.  

LBJ is a freak of nature.  He not only relies on his athletism, he is a much smarter player than Melo. 

Even wehn he got his shot blocked by Plumee at the end of the game against the Nets, he was taking it to the rim in the clutch.  Melo would have been trying to hit a long jumper.  

The b-ball IQ between he and Melo players are huge.

I disagree, we have not gone anywhere WITH Melo. It's time we adjusted, get a better coach and system and make 2015 the year to go after the missing pieces!

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@BiggieTKB @xmenreturnThrow away?  Who can he bring here next year that's a game changer?  

It's just a simple reality.  We can get better some with better coaching and a better system but we will not win anything next year. 

Dude, lots of things maybe in play for 2015+. If LBJ opts out this off-season and only sings for 1 year, he will be in play too.

Let's be straight, Phil coming here will not produce magic and other GMs will surely not want to help him succeed.

So Phil has to be patient and calculating on implementing his plans.

For those who think we are contenders next year are fooling themselves. 

The goal next year should be to make the playoffs and get past the 2nd round if we can. 


xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@mel brown Sorry, I had to step away for a quick meeting. 

MJ got to the ECF before Phil arrived.  Remember, Pippen used to get headaches playing against the Celtics int he playoffs.    

MJ was already a beast when Phil got there. Teams used to double and  triple team him to get the ball out of his hands.

Phil came along and incorporated a system that helped and he got MJ to pick his spots when to assert his game.  


xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@kingkiyan Phil is not coaching man!  Phil has always had real superstars to coach.

Phil has never had 10 year Melo type that never won anything that has a low b-ball IQ.  

I truly doubt the great Phil could turn Melo into a winner!  But if he tries, it's surely on Phil and I'll be here rooting them both on.  But I will surely have my doubts until I see it done. 

I'm a Knicks first and foremost.  If Phil or Melo don't get it done, they have to go too! lol

knicksgirl35
knicksgirl35

@xmenreturn @BiggieTKB  Do you think Leroid would have won with the same personnel Melo had including the bald one? Most of the problem is Baldy.

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@BiggieTKB The pt is that Duncan won without TP and he was the main man period.  Duncan has always been the anchor on that team!  Duncan is the best ever at his position ever period imo. 

Duncan makes very good decision with the ball and he plays both sides of the ball. 

In the clutch he plays high pct b-ball period!  

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@knicksgirl35 LMAO! If he hasn't been in the right situation in 10 years, then why should we build around this dude?  

Why would you gamble on him to build around?

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@BiggieTKB Dude we know TP is good but Duncan won before TP!

TP would not win anything without Duncan!   

knicksgirl35
knicksgirl35

@xmenreturn @kingkiyan  He is a superstar. He hasn't been put in the right situation to realize his full potential. Look objectively at his career and you'll see that.

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@kingkiyan LMAO! Game winners?  Kobe has been clutch in the playoffs! 

T-MAC did very well in regular season!

The real superstars step up in the playoffs dude! 

mel brown
mel brown

@xmenreturn @mel brown is that not a system flaw??? 

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@kingkiyan Dude Robinson was at the end of his career then. Duncan was the man period!  Robinson was a good player for years he couldn't do it until a real superstar came on board.

The reason the Spurs are so consistent is due to Duncan first and foremost on the court.   Yes they have a great coach and supporting cast but when Duncan retires, they won't be the same period. 

Melo is not a true superstar dude period.  


mel brown
mel brown

@xmenreturn My man check it, you have yet to dispel any facts thrown your way.   


Your logic is based on emotion.....


That's real b*tch like.  Stop the emotional ragging and think logically. 

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@mel brown LOL He became the general because he had a legit bonafide star in Duncan who anchor everything on that team!  

Melo hasn't won anything and he surely can't anchor anything. 

Other players can step up when they know they have a true star on their team that doesn't wither in the clutch. 

What do our players do now with Melo on the court in the clutch? 

They stand around and wait for Melo to win the game.  Melo tries to go total perimeter and either make bad decisions or miss critical shots. 

They some of you turn around and say" Bu those other players should step up and be better! LMAO!

 

mel brown
mel brown

@xmenreturn Avery had a stellar season the year they won the chip.  He became known as the General.

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@kingkiyan Dude I was referring to PGs.  The Heat or Bulls won without top PGs.  

The pt is that Melo is our superstar and you now want to talk about his position not being a guard.

So I guess Duncan should be a GOD for winning with Avery at PG?

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@mel brown Dude What are you talking about? I stated that I was referencing PG which I read wrongly in that you stated Guard play.

However, Melo is our so-called superstar and team usually have 2 at the most or none at all. 

The thing is that your superstar should make other better and you seem to think others need to be better so that the superstar can shine. 

So Melo has no impact on others!  No a Superstar! 

mel brown
mel brown

@kingkiyan LOL!! u stupid...lol. You killed him with that.

mel brown
mel brown

@xmenreturn once again subjective pov from you.  You don't have an answer to the heat and bulls of old pov...lol. 


You are not the sharpest knife in the drawer..

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@mel brown I was referring to PGs but MJ was the superstar and Melo is our so-called superstar. So now Melo gets a pass because as our superstar he isn't a guard.?

Why don't you guys just come out and say it. Melo is not a superstar, he needs help from a real superstar. 

Let's say it together:

Melo is Batmite not Batman or Robin!

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@BiggieTKB So let Melo play PG then! lol

My pt is that superstars step up and be superstars on the team to win anything. 

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@lobcity How much help he needs to get us to the playoffs this year?  How much help does he needs to beat the Wiz, bobcats, Nets, Hawks?

We beat the Nets without him.

Once again, if you look at scoring stats, you will miss the boat.  

Our superstar has to help lead his team!  This is Melo's team period.  He has to gather players together in the locker room and hold them accountable on the floor regardless of Woody is a dummy. 

But this is not Melo! This is his team but he is only there to score and rebound a little.

VerySilentJay
VerySilentJay

@bockers @VerySilentJay @OLDKNICK  It is an option. Imo, it'll ultimately depend on what coach they bring in.


The first move is to get a coach over here. Then there will be a better idea of what players fit bets.

Imo, Shump's our best perimeter defender. Scratch that, our only perimeter defender. You don't trade that unless it gives you a solid return (in any sort of trade scenario).

VerySilentJay
VerySilentJay

@Knicks_Fanatic @VerySilentJay @OLDKNICK  Shumpert played his best ball thus far (imo) out of position in the playoffs last season.

I agree that Shumpert is/should always stick to a backcourt role, but it's interesting that his best performances have been out of position.

Knicks_Fanatic
Knicks_Fanatic

@VerySilentJay @Knicks_Fanatic@OLDKNICK 

It's one thing to be mentally ready and it's another thing to be successful. If you play out of position, your chances for success diminish. Coaches need to assess their talent and put players in a position to utilize their talents. Shump will not succeed in the NBA as a starting SF, IMHO.

VerySilentJay
VerySilentJay

@Knicks_Fanatic @VerySilentJay @OLDKNICK  You could be right. That said, you need to be mentally ready to embrace whatever role you're given, whether it's as a starter, 7th man off the bench, out of natural position, etc.

Last season may have been because of injury (I also think trade rumors got to him), but this season, imo, it was all mental.

Knicks_Fanatic
Knicks_Fanatic

@xmenreturn @Knicks_Fanatic 

Given that Knicks don't run plays for Shump, when he gets the ball he feels a need to shoot and often forces the action. That results in his spotty performance. He isn't an ISO player and didn't fit Woody's style.

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@Knicks_Fanatic Shump is not a pure shooter.  He's like Pippen was.  Shump needs to be on a team that generates offense from defense.  

At best, he's a streaky shooter. At worse, he shouldn't shoot!   

Shump needs to be in motion where he can cut to the hoop and he needs to work on his short range jumper this summer.