Noah calls Melo conversation ‘gossip,’ doesn’t deny it

Adam Zagoria, Team Reporter

Joakim Noah called his reported recruiting conversation with Carmelo Anthony “gossip,” while not exactly denying that it took place.

“You want me to address that?” Noah said at Friday’s Chicago Bulls shootaround in response to a question about an ESPN.com report Thursday that said he told Anthony over All-Star weekend he could win a championship if he signed with the Bulls as a free agent after the season. “I don’t feel like addressing it. I really have nothing to say about it.”

Doesn’t exactly sound like a denial, does it?

Anthony, meantime, smiled in the Knicks locker room when asked if he and Noah had such a conversation.

“No, not at all. I can’t have that conversation,” Anthony said after going for 29 points, 8 assists and 4 rebounds in the team’s 108-81 win over the Utah Jazz.

Note that he didn’t say he didn’t have that conversation, only that he “can’t have” it, obviously referring to the league’s rules against tampering.

Still, Anthony understands that speculation about his future will run rampant until he makes a decision this summer. He can remain with the Knicks for five years and $129 million or go elsewhere for four years and $96 million. Anthony could also choose to opt-in with the Knicks, delaying his decision until 2015, as TKB columnist Moke Hamilton suggested he should do.

“Oh, without a doubt,” he said. “It’s gonna be more stories coming out, more speculation. Everybody’s gonna have their own take on different stories so for me I gotta focus on playing ball and that’s it. Whatever stories is gonna be out there, I can’t control that.”


Adam Zagoria covers the New York Knicks and Big East hoops for NBA.com and SNY.tv. He also appears as a Big East Basketball Insider on SNY and 1050 ESPN Radio. You can follow him on Twitter and read his blog.




2 comments
tw22
tw22

At the cost of a rebounder like Boozer and a shooter like Dunleavey I would be very leery about goping into a situation where the third scoring option is a hustle guy and a point guard who has Sam Bowie on his speed dial.

1harris1
1harris1

Such a ridiculously overblown story . Players talk to other players all the time about what it's like to play for their teams.

People talk about "legacy". What will Melo's legacy be if he goes to Chicago and doesn't win a championship, in the same city that saw Michael Jordan win 6 titles? And considering the state of Rose 's knees, and all the salary cap maneuvering Chicago would have to do to sign Melo, that 's not exactly unlikely.

If winning a championship is all that matters, find a way to hook up with LeBron in Miami. Considering how desperate Dolan is to keep the guy, however, something tells me that ultimately the money wins out.