Frank Isola of the New York Daily News first broke the news that the seven-time All-Star would return to New York.
It appears Anthony didn’t stay true to his word — choosing money in New York over winning in Chicago. He will go back to a Knicks team that has just begun their rebuild stage after bringing in Phil Jackson as the President of Basketball Operations and Derek Fisher as a rookie head coach. After winning only 37 games last season, the team won’t be able to compete for a championship this season either.
Meanwhile, the Bulls would have been Anthony’s best chance to make it to the NBA Finals on a team with Derrick Rose, Joakim Noah, Taj Gibson and Jimmy Butler. The team won 48 games last season and will surely be a 50-game winner this coming season with a healthy Rose.
It’s hard to fault Anthony for choosing the place that he already calls home and where his family is comfortable, but if he truly wanted to win and compete for a championship, joining the Bulls should have been a no-brainer.
All of the frustrations that Anthony felt last season in New York will continue for at least another season with the Knicks being strapped for money until 2015 free agency when Amar’e Stoudemire and Andrea Bargnani‘s contracts come off the books — and even then there is no guarantee that Jackson will be able to lure free agents to New York.
The Bulls are designed to win right now, and at 30 years old, Anthony is running out of time to win that NBA championship he so desperately covets.