Now that the waste of time called the NBA All-Star break is over, the real season can resume.
The trade rumor season.
The Carmelo-Anthony-to-the-Bulls season.
While there have been stories about Anthony’s considering the Bulls as a free agent this summer, more recently there have been stories of trade talks between the Bulls and Knicks. The most recent reported deal involved the likes of Carlos Boozer, Jimmy Butler and Tony Snell for Anthony, Raymond Felton and Iman Shumpert.
Trade rumors, trade talks, leaked trade information, a Thursday afternoon trade deadline, and we can hope it's not true and never happens.
If Anthony came to the Bulls, he might be the best scorer on the roster, even when Derrick Rose comes back. That's because Rose won't come back as the MVP Rose, not after two knee surgeries.
But Anthony couldn’t be considered the Bulls’ best player because he doesn’t play any position except scorer. He won’t play defense. He’s certainly not going to lead the league in assists. This guy is going to listen to Tom Thibodeau and lead by example the way great players are expected to?
Palm to forehead.
Anthony kills offenses because the ball stops when it gets into his hands. Pass, pass, Anthony, jab step, jab step, 22-footer. Maybe it goes in, mostly it doesn’t.
Anthony is the Knicks’ best player, and how has that worked out?
Here’s how: badly.
The Knicks are 20-32 in the Eastern Conference. Twelve games under .500 in the embarrassing East -- the East, do you hear me?
They came out of the All-Star break two spots out of a playoff berth and worse than the Pistons -- worse than a team that just had its regularly scheduled coach firing.
The Bulls, meanwhile, are 27-25, mostly without Rose. Sure, that’s unfortunate because the lottery is better than making the playoffs in a spring when you have no shot at winning a title, but the bigger point is, Anthony is all about points and not about leading a winner.
Anthony’s college coach, Syracuse’s Jim Boeheim, said his former star should go wherever he has to go to win a title because that’s how great players are judged.
Sounds like code for telling Anthony he needs to go to a team where he isn’t the best player, and maybe not even the second-best. He can play the Ray Allen role in the Garnett-Pierce-Allen lineup or the LeBron-Wade-Allen setup.
Anthony has shown he either can’t attract quality complementary talent or can’t make it better, pick one.
In 10 previous NBA seasons, Anthony has led his team as far as the conference final. Once. Or as many times as the oft-injured and much younger Rose. Anthony isn’t the foundation for a championship, even though he gets paid like it.
There is some good news for those of us who don’t want the Bulls to bring in Anthony. During All-Star weekend, Anthony said he’s willing to take “a pay cut’’ and re-sign with the Knicks if he believes owner James Dolan will reload instead of rebuild.
Yes. Well. Anthony can happily go on believing in an owner who thought Isiah Thomas was the answer. Bulls fans should want him to believe in that.
Our Bulls beat monster K.C. Johnson writes that the Bulls are unlikely to make a move by Thursday, from trading Mike Dunleavy and/or Kirk Hinrich to acquiring Anthony.
Not acquiring Anthony would be a good thing because the only players Anthony makes better are those he leaves.Copyright © 2015, RedEye