“I would like to see Melo in a Chicago Bulls uniform because it’s tailor-made for him to just fit in,” McGrady said on Monday. “[The] only thing they’re missing is a scorer. I played for [Bulls head coach Tom] Thibodeau … What he’s done since becoming the Bulls’ coach has been phenomenal.”
McGrady, who played 15 years in the league, had an opportunity to sign with the Bulls himself during the summer of 2000. Jerry Krause, the Bulls’ GM at the time, went all out in his effort to sign McGrady and had a mini parade for him at O’Hare Airport. In the end, McGrady chose to go to the Orlando Magic and the Bulls were stuck in rebuilding mode for several more seasons.
However, it always seemed as if McGrady felt he made the wrong decision. Not long after both Grant Hill and McGrady signed in Orlando, Hill was basically sidelined for several seasons with various ankle injuries that ended up slowing his career down. McGrady was left shouldering the load on his own. But much like Anthony, McGrady was a high-volume scorer as well. He was a seven-time All-Star, and a two-time scoring champion in the league.
But more than that, McGrady is impressed with what the current Bulls roster has to offer if Anthony signs with the team and Derrick Rose comes back with a clean bill of health.
“You add Melo with those guys — because there are times they can’t freaking score — and have a healthy D Rose come back and possibility get someone like Kevin Love to join them … championship. They could compete for one for sure … So go to Chicago, buddy.”
If Anthony takes McGrady’s advice, he’ll be able to somewhat right a wrong McGrady made 14 years ago. Anthony could go to the Houston Rockets and be forced to share the ball with James Harden and Dwight Howard. Anthony could also re-sign with the New York Knicks for more money, but will inevitably be stranded on a rebuilding team during the prime of his career.
The right thing to do would be to sign with the Bulls. McGrady knows that, and hopefully Anthony figures that out as well.