Despite what’s been rumored about Joakim Noah reportedly “recruiting” Carmelo Anthony to play for the Chicago Bulls (which would give him a better chance to win than with the New York Knicks), Joakim was wrong about one thing. The report says that Joakim said ” if you really want your legacy to be about winning, you should come to Chicago.” That couldn’t be farther from the truth.
A move to Chicago would make the Bulls a formidable opponent to the Indiana Pacers and the Miami Heat, but would solidify Melo as a guy who forced a trade from the Denver Nuggets, which led to the Knicks expending all of their assets, and a player who then jumped ship as soon as the going got tough.
Oh, yeah and there’s this other guy in Chicago that will always be No. 1, and that’s Michael Jordan.
The Knicks haven’t won a title since the 1973 NBA season, and even to this day whenever Walt Frazier or Willis Reed walk in to Madison Square Garden, they are showered with applause. They say there’s nothing like winning in New York, and if Melo stayed and won a title, he could be considered possibly the greatest Knick of all time. He’d have his name hung in the rafters of MSG and be thought of as a basketball god in one of the greatest basketball cities.
Possibly one of the greatest Knicks of all time, Patrick Ewing never won a title and he is still considered one of the greatest players in NBA history and Knicks history. Sure, he can go to Chicago and win a ring, but he won’t ever compare to Jordan and he have critics saying that he couldn’t do it on his own and needed help.
If Melo stayed in New York and recruited free agents himself, he’d be regarded as the hero of New York City. If you think about it, LeBron is considered the villain for leaving the Cleveland Cavaliers, Dwyane Wade is considered the hero for bringing LeBron and Chris Bosh to Miami.
Understandably, you can see Melo’s point of view on why he wants to leave. Melo isn’t getting any younger. At 29, he’s entering his basketball prime and with the Knicks out of cap space for at least a year, you can see why he wants to bolt to somewhere where he can have a chance to win now.
What better stage to prove the critics wrong than the world’s most famous arena, in the world’s greatest city? You can’t blame Melo for not trusting the Knicks organization though, mainly Jim Dolan.