Knicks star Carmelo Anthony claims that his focus from here on out is winning. These are big words. Anyone who has watched the Knicks this year knows that a quick turnaround seems nearly impossible for the team. Even with the guru of the hardwood Phil Jackson at the helm, it just isn’t going to happen overnight.
This could be a problem for Carmelo. Anthony claims that his focus for his future is not money but winning. If this is true then this off-season will be very interesting. The Knicks have a few things in their corner. They are New York. That alone counts for quit a bit. Also they can give Anthony more money than anyone else. If Carmelo waivers and and decides the money is too enticing than New York still has a chance. Finally, two words: Phil Jackson. The man is as proven a winner as the league has ever seen. If Phil Jackson looks you in the eyes and tells you he can turn your team into a winner, you believe him.
But can he do it this year? Probably not. No one doubts Jackson can get the Knicks turned in the right direction. One year is not enough time though. Even with Carmelo the Knicks are far too restricted with hefty contracts to make any real off-season noise. If Melo is serious about winning and winning now than he has little choice. Leaving New York is the only move that makes sense.
So where does he go? If he wants to be on a team that can win now and has the nucleus to keep it going in the future than the Chicago Bulls are the clear choice. No other team can off such a perfect fit. Chicago is desperate for a point scorer who can drive defenses mad. Combine a scoring threat like Anthony with the Bulls already established never stop D could spell trouble for anyone in the NBA. Yes Carmelo would have to take a pay cut to play for Chicago. But if he is serious about playing for a championship contender right away then it seems like the perfect scenario. But then again, its one thing to say your all about the wins the week your team gets eliminated from the playoffs. Not that I would know, but I bet its a lot tougher when their is a contract staring at you in the face.