Would a loss in the NBA Finals deter Carmelo Anthony from Miami Heat?

Keith Schlosser, Lead Writer

Like most players, Carmelo Anthony’s primary goal at this point in his career is to win an NBA title. Despite emerging as one of the league’s best individual players, a championship victory has evaded the Knicks’ forward over the last decade.

With that in mind, it’s understandable why Anthony may be willing to listen to the Miami Heat, should he opt out of his contract and hit the open market as a free agent this summer. Venturing out to South Beach proved to be a winning strategy for stars like LeBron James and Chris Bosh, so perhaps making a similar move would benefit Anthony as well.

Carmelo Anthony

Playing with proven champions never hurts.

That is, of course, unless a championship win is no longer fresh in the minds of everyone in the Heat organization.

After getting blown out by the Spurs for the second straight game on Thursday night, the Heat now trail San Antonio 3-1 in the NBA Finals. The defending champs are in need of a wakeup call, should they want to avoid a premature exit, and not to mention, series defeat.

The Heat have now reached The Finals in four straight seasons, so even if they eventually fall to the Spurs, the dynasty they’ve created most recently won’t exactly come crumbling down so soon. Still, failing to achieve a three-peat would create a bit of doubt, nevertheless. Should the Heat no longer prove to be unstoppable, a glimmer of hope will once again be given to some of the league’s other potential powerhouses. There will be a new window of opportunity in the absence of yet another Miami victory.

In turn, South Beach may no longer stand tall as a more desirable destination. There are a handful of teams Anthony will reportedly consider (should he opt out as expected), but perhaps a Heat loss would even the playing field for other teams (most notably the Knicks, of course) a bit.

From there, it’ll be up to Phil Jackson, Derek Fisher, and co. to convince Anthony that they can take advantage of that aforementioned potential window of opportunity, just as good as anyone else. What can they do to surround the star forward with worthwhile talent in hopes of achieving greatness once again? That remains to be seen.

But perhaps the Heat losing in The Finals would take the pressure off a bit and make staying in the Big Apple instead an easier concept for the Knicks to sell.

Sam Spiegelman

I can see this NBA Finals as both a deterrent or a prime opportunity.

On one hand, ‘Melo could view Miami as a roster in need to total reconstruction. Mario Chalmers is on his way out of town. Shane Battier will retire, and Ray Allen may follow. Then you have an aging Dwyane Wade, inconsistent Chris Bosh and LeBron James.

If ‘Melo really wants to play with LeBron, then he could either go to South Beach or try to lure him to New York. The same “Big Three” theory applies w\ Melo and Bron, because defenses can’t possibly account for both of these elite scorers.

The issue is whether Phil Jackson or Pat Riley can assemble the better supporting cast.

Perhaps ‘Melo sees the role players in New York — J.R. Smith, Tim Hardaway Jr., Tyson Chandler — as a better cast to go with him and LeBron. It better suits a James-Melo tandem, because it provides them with a defensive presence in the middle and two wing players for Bron to dish to when he drives. And obviously Melo is that Robin-type figure Wade was supposed to be.




18 comments
Kvdaone
Kvdaone

I say it will mess with Melos decision if Bron doesnt want to stay. The conflict at this point seems internal and if they lose 4-1 in the finals, LBJ will have to question Miami's loyalty to Wade vs winning.....Miami is smart but there seems to be some issues btwn Bron and Wade again so lets see how it plays out

donche
donche

I rarely bash posts by the writers here but this is flat out wrong and idiotic on a logical level.

Miami losing wouldn't deter Melo to go to the heat..Miami has won 2 rings and made it to the finals 4 years in a row. Its stupid to cast this failure complex to a team in the finals. Like what they accomplished is easy or holds no weight. Why do you think 2 teams are fighting for the ring because they both have a chance at earning it.

Hundreds of players wish they were still playing and Melo is one of them.

Watch the bad boys doc and look at what building is and understand that for the most part they went to war with the same crew for years together to get chips and they weren't failures when LA beat them...they were close you tool up and go again next year.

Success isn't instant. Even Duncan won it all with one group and tooled up year in year out and the years they lost in the playoffs didn't "deter" anyone from not going there.so even if the heat lose they know how to win it all. I don't see Melo going there but not because he thinks he can't win there.

Kvdaone
Kvdaone

Melo was never goin to southbeach. It seems Bron wont be there much longer either.

hosket
hosket

.....why not?  I'll play.


I think a Miami loss will be more enticing to Melo and Miami......LeBron is the only guy Melo respects, Melo can carry the load during those periods of time Le Bron is in the bathroom or other times Le Bron isn't on the floor.....LeBron is a point forward and can get Melo the ball....he does it now for Bosh.....DWade has maybe another year.....Bosh and Melo don't make sense...together.....Bosh won't play in the let's all take  a cut thing.... so Bosh is gone....So....it's doable and Melo is closer to participating for a ring....Not sure it will happen but closer...

darealeric
darealeric

The funny thing is, I distinctly remember all the Knick fan experts and geniuses here who were Marbury fans when he got benched by DAntoni and said "I might as well be Manu Ginobli...".

Also remember when Diaw was on the Bobcats and KILLING Amare. All the geniuses who called him a bum. Just goes to show how truly stupid and ignorant so many Knicks fans are. Then it makes perfect sense why we shouldn't expect more from our media and management's competence.

knicksgirl35
knicksgirl35

Awful article. Seems like some college journalism student wrote it in a rush. lol 

hashburry
hashburry

All you have to do is watch San Antonio to see how far the Knicks are from even coming close to competing for a title, with or without an aging Anthony.

rgm891
rgm891

Just Turrible -Charles Barkley. What are we reading? Bring back Decker. Lmaoo

darealeric
darealeric

I would prefer a thread dedicated only to twitter/social media updates by REAL reporters who cover the Knicks. (Wojo, Marc Stein, etc. as opposed to this garbage...

darealeric
darealeric

New motto:

"The Knicks Blog. 10% reporting, 90% speculation..."

Greg Rollz
Greg Rollz

Whom ever post this piece of crap needs to be fired!!! Unless you're Melo's agent, stfu!!!

barnaby87
barnaby87

Why would it deter him?  It's not like they haven't won rings in years...

darealeric
darealeric

Can someone please tell me when the upcoming "Could Heat finals loss all but guarantee Lebron to NY?" thread gets published on TKB? (9:14am)

Wow. Did I call it or did I call it? Close enough...

knicksgirl35
knicksgirl35

@hashburry It's passing to the open player with confidence and poise. It can be taught by the great teacher Philly and demanded by our no nonsense Coach Fisher. It doesn't seem like rocket science. The Knicks need a lot of discipline and a coach who knows what he is talking about. Babbling Woody made us look like pure shiit. We'll be fine with our new mindset.

MeloStat301
MeloStat301

@darealeric  Its actually in reverse..."can a heat loss deter Melo from going to Miami" LOL...but close enough.

rgm891
rgm891

@thatsagoodpoint @rgm891 Haha yeah I was being sarcastic. He was bad also.  Should of done a better job showing that

darealeric
darealeric

They must have read my comment and edited it to fit their piss poor journalistic views...