Did Carmelo Anthony Make The Right Decision By Staying With The New York Knicks?
Carmelo Anthony Picks The Knicks Over The Bulls and Rockets
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Besides LeBron James leaving the Miami Heat for the Cleveland Cavaliers, Carmelo Anthony returning to the New York Knicks has been the biggest news of the 2014 NBA free agency. Some folks are praising Carmelo for returning to his hometown, like LeBron, while others simply can’t believe he passed up better opportunities to win right away. Carmelo was targeted heavily by the Houston Rockets and Chicago Bulls, two teams that are in position to win right away, unlike the New York Knicks.
So, the criticism now is that Carmelo picked the money over winning. Instead of taking a few less dollars and teaming up with a loaded roster, Melo decided to stay where he was at and enjoy a comfortable five-year deal worth $124 million.
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Uh, big deal.
First off, I don’t know many people who would sacrifice 10s of millions of dollars, which is what Carmelo would have had to do if he was going to leave New York. Like it or not, Carmelo is laughing all the way to the bank with a salary of more than $22 million in his first season. This guy has a wife, kids and a family to look after and that pretty check is going to make sure everybody is just fine.
Second, Carmelo is getting grilled over a chance to win rings? Him teaming up with the Bulls or Rockets doesn’t mean he’s going to win an NBA championship. The Rockets still don’t know the definition of defense and are in a loaded Western Conference, while the Bulls have an injury prone point guard and an offense that can’t put the ball in the hoop. In both situations, Carmelo could still be ring less and would have less millions in his bank account. Yeah. I think I’d stay in New York, as well.
While the Knicks roster is looking a little depressed at the moment, Phil Jackson and his guys have a ton of room to make things happen within the next year or two. Amare Stoudemire will finally be out of their hair one way or another after next year, Iman Shumpert could soon be off the books as well and Carmelo’s new contract dips a little bit towards the end, allowing the Knicks more money to sign other players around him.
With an empty roster and New York being an attractive destination, there’s no doubt the Knicks will soon have the players to make a run in a watered down Eastern Conference.
But let’s say it doesn’t happen and Carmelo finishes his career without any hardware. Does it really tarnish his legacy that he stayed in New York and took the money? Let’s be serious. Winning seven titles should only be important to guys such as LeBron, players who are chasing history and have a chance to be considered a Top 5 player of all time.
Carmelo is happy to be playing basketball where he grew up, is making a ton of cash and may eventually have a chance to win something major.
He made the right decision.