COMMENTARY | Recent developments such as Joakim Noah’s alleged recruitment and Carmelo Anthony allegedly asking a former Bulls player “what’s it like to play for Thibs” has led many fans to believe that Melo will sign with Chicago during the 2014 NBA free agency period.
For the past two months, there has been a lot of speculation centered on Carmelo Anthony’s future. Reports began surfacing shortly after the All-Star game that Joakim Noah urged Carmelo Anthony to sign with the Chicago Bulls to win a championship. Allegedly, Carmelo responded by stating how he admired the way the Bulls played basketball.
Joakim Noah would neither confirm nor deny speaking to Carmelo on the matter. Afterwards, the rumors took on a life form of their own as bloggers, sportswriters and analysts tried to read in-between the lines of Noah’s remarks.
Now there are more rumors that Joakim Noah’s recruitment of Carmelo has been ongoing throughout the second half of the season. Because of these news reports, Bulls fans are excited and hopeful that the front office will be able to sign Carmelo to address their scoring needs.
I wouldn’t get too excited about the prospects of Carmelo Anthony wearing a Bulls uniform.
Yes Tom Thibodeau has said on a number of occasions that he would love to have Carmelo Anthony on his team. Keep in mind that this is the same guy that has also said that Carlos Boozer is a worthy NBA starter only for his backup to consistently play more minutes than him. Coach Thibodeau may be considered a straightforward guy by most, but even he’s apt to give a politically correct answer.
I have a hard time believing that all would be well in Bulls Nation if Gar Forman were able to make some salary cap maneuvers to sign Melo. Let’s pretend for a moment that the Bulls general manager can work his payroll magic and somehow convince Carmelo Anthony to sign with the team for less money.
I’d be worried if I worked in the front office.
Given that Carmelo Anthony’s been catered to and ego-stroked for the entirety of his 11-year NBA career, I have a hard time believing that he’ll suddenly turn a new leaf just because Tom Thibodeau’s coaching him. How will he respond to Thibs’ hard practices? How will he respond to Coach Thibodeau holding him accountable for his defensive lapses?
Before the Bulls make an offer, they better consider those questions.