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Carmelo Anthony liked ‘Melo to Chicago’ sign at Knicks-Bulls game

Mar 3, 2014, 11:30 AM EDT

(video via CSN Chicago)

Asked what he thought of a “Melo to Chicago” sign in the stands during the Knicks’ loss to the Bulls on Sunday, Carmelo Anthony didn’t simply pass on the question like most in his situation would have.

“It was a good sign,” Melo said with a laugh. “It was a good sign. I don’t know what you want me to say about that.”

So, Melo wants to join the Bulls as a free agent this summer? Or he likes being courted by Chicago, even if he has no intention of reciprocating the interest? Or he thinks the sign was well-designed?

Whatever you read into his quote probably reflects what you wanted to see happen before he uttered it.

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At minimum, though, Melo’s press conference should make the Knicks even more concerned about their chances of keeping him. It wasn’t just that he liked the sign. He also called New York’s season “embarrassing” and “frustrating.”

With no cap room and few assets, the Knicks will likely return a similar roster – plus or minus Melo – next season. Would he really want to return to that? If so, why? Serious. Why?

“I can’t even see next year. S—, I can’t even see tomorrow at this point, man” Melo said. “It’s hard for me to focus on that  while going through the journey right now.”

I guess that’s relatively good news for the Knicks, whose future is dismal. Better keep Melo’s mind off that fact, though they’d be better served with a different distraction than their miserable present.

  1. cantonbound13 - Mar 3, 2014 at 11:51 AM

    He’s going to the Bulls

    • stayhigh_247 - Mar 3, 2014 at 9:31 PM

      exactly, if he’s willing to take a pay cut to stay with the Knicks why not make the same money on a contender? Like he said, smart players team up. The Knicks need to build around Hardaway jr. and Melo doesn’t need to be around for a full rebuild.

      • nikedunks13 - Mar 4, 2014 at 1:48 AM

        lol no one is building around Hardaway Jr

      • kissyoursorrybooty - Mar 6, 2014 at 10:23 PM

        “build around Hardaway Jr…lmfao Knicks fans are delusional.

  2. aboogy123456 - Mar 3, 2014 at 11:52 AM

    I think Melo is staying mainly because it’s been his dream to play for the knicks, and he is finally there. The bulls would be great in the short term but what if Derrick Rose never comes back to all-star level? Then he’d be stuck on a team with a bad contract in Rose, and a management that has shown they are unwilling to go over the cap. The knicks have one more down year, but then they clear up the books and will have plenty of cap space, and a huge market to attract free agents. Melo wants to win now, but he still has 5-6 more years of elite basketball, so I think it’s smart for him to wait it out and stay with the knicks.

    • beach305 - Mar 3, 2014 at 12:55 PM

      That’s assuming that the knicks know how to build a roster, which the haven’t shown.

      • goodbyemelo - Mar 3, 2014 at 5:42 PM

        I am a knicks fan and despite the fact I hope Melo goes to Chicago, hate seeing such a great scorer play and waste his prime to lose game after game for the knicks

    • fanofthegame79 - Mar 3, 2014 at 1:21 PM

      Even if Rose never comes back (or doesn’t come back to his all-star level of play) the Bulls team is vastly better than the Knicks team, including the coach. Look what happens to the Bulls when they lose their #1 option: they make a push and remain a playoff team. The Knicks lose someone…anyone….and they have a fall-off.

      • aboogy123456 - Mar 3, 2014 at 1:26 PM

        yes you are right, but Melo wants to win a championship, he’s been on good teams his whole career. The knicks team as you describe it is only going to be around for one more year, then after that, they have flexibility. There is uncertainty in both scenarios, and I think he would rather have the uncertainty with his dream city than go somewhere else.

    • irvfin3 - Mar 3, 2014 at 4:03 PM

      But he’s already lived his dream for about 3 years now and i doubt carmelo would want to remain in uncertainty and wait until 2015 to get things going. Chicago is his best option and Derrick Rose should be good to go but be treated how the Celtics are doing with Rondo: let him play one game then sit out the next game then let him start the game after.

      • fanofthegame79 - Mar 3, 2014 at 5:16 PM

        Agreed, irvfin. If Melo went to the Bulls, I’d look at them like OKC East. Melo steps into the Durant role. Westbrook and Rose equal out. But after that, Melo would have a better team than even Durant: Noah, Gibson, Butler, and Dunleavy Jr would all be upgrades (IMO) over what Durant and Westbrook have.

      • irvfin3 - Mar 3, 2014 at 7:29 PM

        fanofthegame good comparison! you make a good point haha

  3. borisalessandri - Mar 3, 2014 at 12:07 PM

    Can Thibs get him to be a better defender

    • nykfanwakemeupin2015 - Mar 3, 2014 at 1:34 PM

      Melo isnt a terrible one on one defender. I would rank him above average when he puts in the effort.

      His two biggest issues are not getting back on defense because he is crying to the ref and his rotation defense is awful. The difference between great rotational defense is instinctually doing it or thinking about it and getting their late. A lot of players have this issue at the professional level. Its not easy by any means.

  4. godelleb - Mar 3, 2014 at 12:20 PM

    The Bulls would essentially be dumping Boozer’s contract and picking up Melo’s. Regardless of how poorly Melo defends, he has to do better than Boozer. Suppose he plays small forward instead of Dunleavy. That would also not be a defensive tragedy. And, offensively there is no contest. Melo playing either forward position for the Bulls puts them light years ahead of where they are now. Presuming he’d be splitting time with Gibson and Dunleavy the Bulls would be a much better team.

    • dadawg77 - Mar 3, 2014 at 1:41 PM

      If Melo comes to the Bulls, Gibson won’t be on the team. Cap currently is a little over $58mm assuming a 2-3% increase for next year, it will be around 60mm. Bulls are currently at $64mm committed cap dollars for nine players. Amnestying Boozer’s $17mm gives the Bulls $12.8mm. Forcing the Bulls to move Gibson for picks to open up $20mm for Melo. This assumes Ferdette deal is only for this year, haven’t seen details on it.

      • irvfin3 - Mar 3, 2014 at 4:07 PM

        They would have to make a way to get Melo and retain Gibson if they want things to work out.

      • dadawg77 - Mar 3, 2014 at 6:03 PM

        I love Gibson’s play. But honestly given his, the his value will peak this year, and they can bring Mirotic. He is tradable for getting Melo or another elite player say Kevin Love.

  5. jolink653 - Mar 3, 2014 at 12:30 PM

    I think Alan Hahn said it best on his show:

    “What is Melo supposed to say about the sign? If he says he doesn’t like it, then the headline turns into something like “Melo Declares Dislike for Child”. Whatever his answer would be would in essence be spun into something negative”.

    This is really isn’t news. What’s next? “Melo Eats Cup of New England Clam Chowder; Melo Potentially to Boston”?

    • jonevans511 - Mar 3, 2014 at 2:16 PM

      “Melo owns up to laying a nasty fart in the Milwaukee locker room; is he ‘right at home’ with the Bucks?”

  6. chicagosports2014 - Mar 3, 2014 at 12:38 PM

    We rock wit Melo!

  7. csbanter - Mar 3, 2014 at 12:39 PM

    I can’t see Melo going to a team where he becomes a 20 point scorer. Isolation Melo will be a thing of the past in Chicago. Ultimately Melo is going to have to decide if earning more money trumps a legit chance of winning an NBA title.

    • aboogy123456 - Mar 3, 2014 at 12:58 PM

      Melo is not only an isolation player, he is very good off of the ball too, as we have seen on Team USA. He can score 25 a game in any system, so I think he’ll be fine. I’m not sold that Chicago gives Melo a legit shot at a title if he goes there. They don’t want to go over the cap, and while pairing him with Noah would be nice, I don’t think it’s enough. He doesn’t have many attractive options so why should he turn down the extra money in NY?

      • jjsjmls - Mar 3, 2014 at 1:24 PM

        Not entirely correct about going over the cap. They don’t want to go over the cap if they don’t have a chance to compete for a title. They were over the cap this year…when Rose went down and it was clear they don’t have a chance to win it all, they traded Deng (as they were probably going to lose him in the offseason) in order to get under the cap and not get hit with the repeater tax. Rose doesn’t get hurt, they would have been over the cap.

      • irvfin3 - Mar 3, 2014 at 4:12 PM

        Because he wants to win a championship and the Knicks have been horrendous and it won’t be until the end of next season where they can make changes. surround Melo with defensive players like in Chicago and he’ll go much further

  8. azarkhan - Mar 3, 2014 at 1:00 PM

    Does Anthony know that the Bulls, unlike the Knicks, are a team and not a collection of egos and that Coach Thibodeau demands that his players play defense?

    • paleihe - Mar 3, 2014 at 1:21 PM

      Did you know Melo actually plays defense? Did you know that everything that happens to the Knicks is not entirely on Melo’s shoulders?

      People make it seem as they Melo stands there and let’s the guy blow past him without even trying. Since that’s what you’re insinuating, it’s pretty clear you don’t actually watch basketball.

      • azarkhan - Mar 3, 2014 at 1:51 PM

        See nykfanwakemeupin2015 comment above. I do watch basketball, but mostly I watch the Spurs, a professional (in every meaning of the word) basketball team, not the Knicks, who only pose as a professional basketball team.

      • paleihe - Mar 3, 2014 at 3:25 PM

        I’m not trying to be rude, but since you don’t watch the Knicks, then you really don’t know what you’re talking about.

        You’ve formulated your opinion on hearsay and second-hand accounts, which isn’t the best way. Watch a game, see him hustle, and then say he doesn’t play defense.

        Personally, I think he’d be an awesome fit in Chicago, and it makes a ton of basketball sense.

      • sportsfan18 - Mar 3, 2014 at 10:28 PM

        paleihe

        here

        http://www.basketball-reference.com/leaders/def_rtg_career.html

        you won’t find Melo in the top 250 all time…

        the current #250th ranked player gives up 104.99 points per 100 possessions.

        Melo, for his career gives up 108 points per 100 possessions

        on top of that, Melo only scores 109 points for every 100 possessions.

        his net plus of one between his offensive rating and defensive rating means he’s basically a wash on the court as he’s giving up basically all the points he’s scoring.

        Oh, giving 108 points per 100 possessions is NOT what a good defensive player gives up…

      • bhunter1995 - Mar 3, 2014 at 10:44 PM

        Watch how Melo defended Dirk on that game winner. Admittedly, Dirk hit the shot but Melo can be a tenscious defender when he applies himself. I think his percieved lack of defense comes from the fact that he can get lethargic at times when he isn’t scoring well, and this is exemplified by the fact that he plays with a group of clowns that really don’t defend (JR, Felton, STAT, Bargnani) and a coach who doesn’t hold him accountable. It seems that Woodson has no idea how to pander to egos while holding players accountable, a skill that is essential to make it as a coach in any league especially the NBA.

  9. timberwolvesbrisin - Mar 3, 2014 at 1:17 PM

    The Bulls wont want him, not worth the max.

  10. shadowgamesshades - Mar 3, 2014 at 1:35 PM

    Melo should go to the Bulls. Great coach, great defensive philosophy, players who come with 100 percent effort every night. He would be stupid to stick with the trashy organization like the Knicks. Terrible players, terrible coach, horrible ownership. Bulls can say they made the playoffs as a high seed without their go to scorers, Knicks can’t say that. If he was smart, he would bolt to Chicago the first chance he gets.

  11. antistratfordian - Mar 3, 2014 at 2:19 PM

    The sign talk is not a sign of anything.

  12. spillz121 - Mar 3, 2014 at 3:59 PM

    STOP writing stories about this EVERYDAY!!! Please! He isn’t going anywhere until the season is over, if at all, so this is a non-story. The player in these situations always gets blamed for being a distraction, but it’s the media thats driving the story, not him. And not just singling out this writer. The reporter that asked him the stupid question about the sign is just as bad. You know he’s not going to tell you where he’s going (if he even knows), so what’s the point of asking him everyday for like 3 months. Lazy journalism!

  13. spillz121 - Mar 3, 2014 at 3:59 PM

    STOP writing stories about this EVERYDAY!!! Please! He isn’t going anywhere until the season is over, if at all, so this is a non-story. The player in these situations always gets blamed for being a distraction, but it’s the media thats driving the story, not him. And not just singling out this writer. The reporter that asked him the stupid question about the sign is just as bad. You know he’s not going to tell you where he’s going (if he even knows), so what’s the point of asking him everyday for like 3 months. Lazy journalism!

  14. spillz121 - Mar 3, 2014 at 3:59 PM

    STOP writing stories about this EVERYDAY!!! Please! He isn’t going anywhere until the season is over, if at all, so this is a non-story. The player in these situations always gets blamed for being a distraction, but it’s the media thats driving the story, not him. And not just singling out this writer. The reporter that asked him the stupid question about the sign is just as bad. You know he’s not going to tell you where he’s going (if he even knows), so what’s the point of asking him everyday for like 3 months. Lazy journalism!

  15. spillz121 - Mar 3, 2014 at 4:06 PM

    Oops…..didn’t mean to post that many times, sorry folks

  16. mackcarrington - Mar 3, 2014 at 5:44 PM

    (Sigh.)
    Another day, another Carmelo Anthony story.

  17. prareedoggin - Mar 3, 2014 at 6:29 PM

    Miami

  18. tampajoey - Mar 3, 2014 at 6:50 PM

    Knicks will suck forever!

    Serves all the loser Knicks fans right for there relentless crap they gave Cavs fans about Lebron leaving Cleveland to go to New York. How’d that work out for you? Now you can’t even keep the poor man’s Lebron. Enjoy watching Melo playing in Chicago while you suck again next season!

  19. campcouch - Mar 3, 2014 at 7:39 PM

    Anyone remember when a player tried to win a title for the team who drafted him? I couldn’t imagine Bird,Magic,Jordan,Thomas,Duncan,even runner-ups like Barkley,Stockton and Malone giving up after a few years.Granted,Barkley was traded and Malone spent his final year grasping with the Lakers,but these guys stayed there during lean times and near-misses. I know a championship is the holy grail of athletics,but if Melo or even James for that matter jump ship again,they become journeymen mercenaries in the NBA.

  20. sed522002 - Mar 4, 2014 at 3:20 PM

    I’m not even a Knicks fan, but I seen this quote on another site and he went on to clarify that he liked the “artwork” of the sign, not necessarily what the sign said..but I guess ya’ll don’t won’t to post that because it will take away from your headlines…smh

  21. gymtruthteller - Mar 4, 2014 at 6:59 PM

    He’s an overrated ball hog who can’t play defense. Doesn’t even try really so why do people want this loser on their team?

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