As New York Knicks fans probably know by now, the word on the street is that The Los Angeles Lakers are in pursuit of not just one, but possibly two NBA superstars: Carmelo Anthony and MVP Lebron James of the Miami Heat.
Carmelo has an early termination option after this season, but it seems as though he is on the fence when it comes to choosing between the Lakers and the Knicks.
Knicks GM Glen Grunwald said it’s “premature” to discuss the Knicks star’s decision for free agency.
“We see it being a long term successful partnership with him as we go forward,” Grunwald said in a conference call. “But right now it’s just to early to say anything other than we’re looking forward to this upcoming season.”
The Knicks have a strapped salary cap and it’s likely that Carmelo is not staying in New York. So what does this mean for the Knicks franchise if their beloved small forward decides to give them the deuces and join the Lakers next year? Not good things.
It doesn’t take a sports fanatic to understand that Carmelo is the face of the Knicks and if he were to part ways with the team it would really bruise the franchise and their chances of an NBA title.
But on the other hand, how likely is it for The Lakers to afford both Carmelo and Lebron James (two big stars) in addition to maintaining their own star Kobe Bryant and not face issues with their salary cap?
Both leaugue sources Ramona Shelburne and Brian Windhorst spoke to ESPN and gave their opinions on the matter.
According to NJ.com, “Opinions are split on whether the Lakers can actually land James or or Anthony, with one source calling it “realistic” and another saying it was far fetched at this point. Nonetheless, the Lakers have made it clear they are positioning themselves for a run at one and perhaps even two of the super stars who could become free agents in 2014 by refusing to commit to any contract past this upcoming season, multiple sources have said.”
Whether The Lakers can land at least one star on their team, how realistic is it to have which ever star they may choose to share the throne with “King Kobe” on the court?
Lets face it, Kobe Bryant is an ecotigotistical player, who seems to want to be the only shining star on his team, as he seems to portray this on the court time and time again.
And let’s not forget what occurred between Kobe and Dwight Howard and part of the reason why Howard left the Lakers in the first place. Lets not also forget the controversy between Kobe and Shaq a few years ago.
Even Kobe’s teammate, Steve Nash tells ESPN 710 that he didn’t think Howard was comfortable with the team.
“Ultimately, I think Dwight wasn’t comfortable here and didnt want to be here,” Nash said to ESPN Radio. “And if he didnt want to be here, there no point for anyone in him being here. So we wish him the best and move on.
While both Kobe and Carmelo played together on the 2012 U.S. Olympic Basketball team, both dominating the court, having the two stars on the same NBA team is probably unrealistic.
In order for The Knicks’ star to play on the same team with Kobe, the Lakers would have to be forced to rearrange their game plan, but it’s unlikely that will happen.
According to an article from the Bleacher Report, “Look at how the Melo/Amar’e dynamic worked on the Knicks; it only improved when Stoudemire took a back seat and knowledges it was Anthony’s team. Is that something the Black Mamba would do, even in the later years of his career?”
I think we all know the answer to that question.