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5 Reasons Why Carmelo Anthony Decided to Re-Sign with New York Knicks

Carmelo Anthony: 5 Reasons Why He Will Re-Sign with New York Knicks

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The word has come out that Carmelo Anthony will choose to re-sign with the New York Knicks, ultimately choosing familiarity and money above the competitive promise of teams like the Houston Rockets and Chicago Bulls. Here are 5 reasons why he is choosing to return to the Big Apple instead of pursuing opportunities elsewhere.

5. No Bigger Spotlight than New York

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5. No Bigger Spotlight than New York

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The Knicks are one of the most popular sports teams in North America and they play in the largest city in the United States. Carmelo has always made it known that he loves the limelight, and he'll be the player that the Knicks build around for the foreseeable future. For someone who enjoys being the center of attention, the prospect of saying no to New York had to seem nearly impossible.

4. Trust in Derek Fisher

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4. Trust in Derek Fisher

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Kevin Durant apparently tried to sell Derek Fisher as a promising coach in a discussion with Anthony, and it seems as if Carmelo bought it. Fisher was a noted leader throughout his career and has plenty of championship experience.

3. Trust in Phil Jackson

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3. Trust in Phil Jackson

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"I believe in Phil" is what Anthony said to a friend recently, according to Frank Isola of the NY Daily News. Jackson's coaching prowess is legendary, and he's always been known to be persuasive. While Jackson is unproven as a front office executive, the ever-present aura of basketball intelligence surrounding him evidently impressed Anthony enough to stay in New York and give him a chance to build a winner.

2. Family

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2. Family

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Re-signing with the Knicks means that Anthony, his wife and their seven-year-old son don't have to move anywhere. The turnover and change involved in moving to another state and city can be pretty overwhelming. Staying in New York renders all of that moot.

1. Money

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1. Money

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The preeminent reason why Carmelo elected to re-sign with the Knicks is that they could offer him the most money by far. Five years and $129 million from New York is very, very different from four years and $96 million, which was the maximum amount that the Los Angeles Lakers could extend. This is the kind of money that can sustain a family for several generations; at the end of the day, Anthony couldn't ignore that.

Sean Sarcu is a Chicago Blackhawks writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter or add him to your network on Google.