Per Marc Stein of ESPN.com, New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony would, should he opt out of the final year of his contract, consider the Chicago Bulls, Houston Rockets and Dallas Mavericks. Wow, that’s news to Mavericks fans, because it didn’t seem like Anthony was even semi-interested in joining the Mavericks.
Still, it’s just hard to picture Anthony in a Mavericks jersey. Then again, we did get used to seeing NBA legend Michael Jordan in a Washington Wizards jersey, so nothing is impossible. On the surface, it would seem like playing alongside Derrick Rose would be enough to woo Anthony and his beautiful wife Lala to the Windy City, but the injury-prone Rose hasn’t done much ‘playing’ the last three seasons.
Playing with Dwight Howard in Houston would probably be tastier to Anthony than playing with Dirk Nowitzki in Dallas, but then there’s that James Harden guy. Harden, like Anthony, loves to hog the life out of the basketball, so it’s difficult to imagine Anthony taking a backseat to the young fella. And don’t forget Anthony and Jeremy Lin have bad blood stemming from their time together in New York.
So, maybe when you look at it that way, you can actually see Anthony in Maverick blue. Nowitzki is the most unselfish superstar in the history of the game and his sidekick, Monta Ellis, isn’t as good a scorer as Anthony, so the Mavericks would be Anthony’s team. But it’s not the popular decision, and Anthony is a pretty superficial guy.
Nevertheless, Anthony needs to get away from all that glitz and just humble himself.