Friday night, Madison Square Garden witnessed New York Knicks history. Carmelo Anthony took on the Charlotte Bobcats by himself, or so it seemed, en route to setting a career-high and team record with 62 points. Anthony’s previous career-high was 50 points, scored on three occasions. Needless to say, he shattered that total.
The most impressive part? He was pulled a few minutes into the 4th quarter when the Knicks had the game put away. Had he played the entire game, who knows what would have happened. Could he have surpassed Kobe Bryant’s 81?
Most NBA fans know that Anthony can’t wait to test free agency waters this offseason. Early on this season, many experts had Anthony pegged as a guy who was already thinking about the summer of 2014 rather than focusing on the season at hand. What exactly was he thinking? There were rumors that Anthony was thinking of teaming up with Kobe and heading to the Los Angeles Lakers. But, there’s one team that looks like a better fit, and his 62-point outburst proves it.
The Chicago Bulls are one of the best defensive teams in all of basketball, and have been regardless of who is healthy. The biggest problem — with or without Derrick Rose — is an elite scorer. The one thing that Anthony has, for sure, is scoring ability. What’s the one thing he has lacked throughout his career? Elite defense.
Tom Thibodeau demands defensive excellence out of his team. He is a completely different coach than the type Anthony is used to, and I believe the both of them would be mutually beneficial to the Bulls’ organization. Chicago desperately needs scoring, and Anthony needs to be challenged by a coach who cares enough to make him a better player than he already is. Match made in heaven? I think so.
Anthony’s 62-point performance was downright incredible. Shooting 23-for-35 overall, 6-for-11 from downtown and a perfect 10-for-10 from the line, Bulls fans could only watch in awe and dream of having a guy who could fill it up like that. This summer, Chicago could have plenty of money to work with after clearing some cap space by getting rid of Luol Deng. Will they amnesty Carlos Boozer, if not trade him in order to free up more space? It’s a possibility.
The one thing we do know, is that Anthony would look just right in black and red.