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Report: Tom Thibodeau excited about idea of coaching Carmelo Anthony

Jun 25, 2014, 11:59 AM EDT

No doubt, Tom Thibodeau is a defense-first coach — you will play hard on that end of the court or you will not play.

However, more than that he’s a basketball coach and he knows that to win you have to get buckets. His Bulls team could use more of those.

Carmelo Anthony gets buckets. A free agent as of July 1 who has opted out of his deal with the New York Knicks, Anthony has been a Bulls target for some time, Joakim Noah has been recruiting him since the All-Star Game and if Anthony is willing to take a pay cut he can walk straight onto a contender in Chicago.

Despite what some think, Thibodeau is excited to coach Anthony. That according to Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim speaking to the New York Post. Boeheim is an assistant coach on Team USA with Thibodeau and obviously knows Anthony as they won a national championship together in college.

“I’ve talked to Tom about Melo, his name has come up,’’ Boeheim told The Post. “I think Tom is very excited about the possibility of getting Carmelo. He likes him. He likes how he plays. He feels he’s coachable. I think Tom Thibodeau is one of the better coaches in the NBA. Carmelo would be happy playing for him. It would be a good fit — the coach-player relationship.’’

The interest between ‘Melo and the Bulls is mutual. The questions Anthony needs to ask himself about Chicago have nothing to do with Thibodeau and everything to do with how much he trusts Derrick Rose’s knees. Secondly, Anthony needs to decide how much being in New York and having a team built around him matters vs. joining a team with established stars.

But Thibodeau and Anthony? While it’s easy to picture Thibodeau getting frustrated with Anthony’s defense (and he will at times), those two will get along just fine.

  1. milimpilim - Jun 25, 2014 at 12:02 PM

    Melo’s offense will be perfect for the Bulls.

    • masher1965 - Jun 25, 2014 at 5:01 PM

      But his defense is worse than Boozer’s , so how does that fit in ??

  2. fballlvr22 - Jun 25, 2014 at 12:11 PM

    This offseason for the Bulls smell a lot like the summer of 2010…I hope we don’t strike out.

    Signed a long time Bulls Fan

    • loubearkane - Jun 25, 2014 at 12:19 PM

      Seeing Zach Randolph possibly available scares me as a Bulls fan

      • blueintown - Jun 25, 2014 at 12:36 PM

        Yeah, that dude scream Carlos Boozer consolation prize contract.

    • calkinsrob - Jun 25, 2014 at 12:41 PM

      Im expecting the worst, where we dont get melo, OR Mirotic and somehow they are too cheap too amnesty boozer.

      • loubearkane - Jun 25, 2014 at 12:44 PM

        I don’t see Reinsdorf eating 16M

  3. fnc111 - Jun 25, 2014 at 12:46 PM

    Not happening. A big time FA like Melo will not sign in cold, snowy Chicago. He’s going to L.A., Miami, or staying in NYC.

    • asimonetti88 - Jun 25, 2014 at 1:15 PM

      It’s cold and snowy in NYC too.

      • sportsfan18 - Jun 26, 2014 at 8:10 AM

        well, based on what the dude said, it was NEEDED…

        Chitown does get a lot more snow than NYC though… so he was right about that but way off on the cold part…

    • sportsfan18 - Jun 25, 2014 at 1:24 PM

      Average monthly High and Low temp comparison between NYC and Chicago during the big bad months of Jan and Feb…

      NYC Jan aver high 36 degrees
      Chicago Jan aver high 32 degrees (Wow, NYC is a heatwave at 4 degrees warmer)

      NYC Jan aver low 23 degrees
      Chicago Jan aver low 18 degrees

      NYC Feb aver high 40 degrees
      Chicago Feb aver high 38 degrees (HEY, that’s 2 WHOLE degrees colder, wow that’s a LOT)

      NYC Feb aver low 24 degrees
      Chicago Feb aver low 24 degrees (HEY, that’s the SAME)

      • byrdstheword82 - Jun 25, 2014 at 2:05 PM

        Thank you for the weather updates. Jeesh!

  4. bullsfannotabudman - Jun 25, 2014 at 12:59 PM

    What, you think Melo is parking his car outside and scraping ice off the windshield. He won’t even know its cold outside.

  5. clickablecontent - Jun 25, 2014 at 1:13 PM

    Anthony just turned down working with perhaps the greatest head coach in NBA history (at least by proxy) and Thibodeau thinks he’s coachable? Good luck there.

    • JHathwell - Jun 25, 2014 at 1:47 PM

      I too think Derek Fisher has a bright future ahead of him but this seems a bit hyperbolic.

      • bkbell3 - Jun 25, 2014 at 7:16 PM

        nice. lol

      • sportsfan18 - Jun 26, 2014 at 8:12 AM

        he was NOT talking about Derek Fisher…

      • JHathwell - Jun 27, 2014 at 4:12 PM

        Jokes, brother.

  6. csbanter - Jun 25, 2014 at 2:31 PM

    Anthony has never had players such as Noah, or Rose on any of his teams Denver and New York, he needs to Chicago and they need him. Forget this nonsense about family and school, whatever. Melo has enough money to leave his family in the New York area and let life go on as is.

  7. basketballbro - Jun 25, 2014 at 3:03 PM

    When Melo was given a legit point guard in Chauncey Billups, he was able to lead the THUGGETS to the 09 conference finals.. I’m not saying that Derrick Rose in his current state will be that guy, but I do believe that a pairing of a healthy DRose (at least 80% of what he was his mvp season), an anchor in Joakim, and a legit head coach in Thibodeau may just be what Melo needs to reach his first NBA Finals

  8. iknowzeroaboutsports - Jun 25, 2014 at 4:01 PM

    Um, like my friend, um, Brittany said she talked to her friend Alexis and she said Alexis spoke with Ashley who said she would, like, TOTALLY go out with this guy Melo.

  9. edavidberg - Jun 25, 2014 at 8:04 PM

    Sign Melo, sign and trade D Rose for LeBron. Championship in Chicago.

    • blueintown - Jun 26, 2014 at 12:28 AM

      You’re kidding, right?

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