Bulls Free Agency Moves: Melo on My Mind

Ready, set, let the Carmelo Anthony courting begin! Free agency started at 12:01 AM Tuesday morning and the Chicago Bulls got the first shot at securing the restricted free agent.

Mother Nature seems to be on our side giving Melo a beautiful Chicago summer day for his Tuesday tour, now we just need GM Gar Forman and the front office to pull out all the stops because this dude is definitely the belle of the free agency ball this 2014 off season. His list of possible suitors seems endless and the money is flowing.

After his visit in Chicago Tuesday, Anthony will head to Texas to meet with the Dallas Mavericks and the Houston Rockets and later to Los Angeles to hear out the Lakers. He will be wined and dined by each ball club and after his travels could ultimately crush some hearts and re-sign with his Knicks in New York for a fat contract.Despite the risk, it looks like the Bulls are all in on Sir Anthony after decking out the UC with the “We want Melo” signage and pictures. Chicago drafted and traded for Doug McDermott to clear cap space last week, head coach Tom Thibodeau is on board for bringing in the small forward with the hot shot, Joakim Noah has been recruiting the sharp shooter since January during the All-Star game and the city of Chicago has been wishing for a scorer since the Michael Jordan-Scottie Pippen era.

If you’ve missed the rumblings about Carmelo, here are some important factors to consider:

Why Should Carmelo Come to Chicago? 

For a better lack of words, the Bulls have been scoring challenged over the last two seasons. They are desperate for a superstar scorer and Anthony could be that guy. He’d be an instant offensive savior for this Bulls team. He averaged 27.8 points, 8.1 rebounds, and 3.1 assists last season.

Melo understands legacies are made by championship rings and not necessarily how many points you score a game. The Bulls want to win a championship right now. They don’t want to wait a year to clear out cap space to bring in better players. They have a strong core and know they need a solid scorer to complete their puzzle.

The Bulls are in the Eastern Conference – the Mavs, Rockets and Lakers are all in the Western Conference which is most definitely a tougher crowd. Think the reigning champion San Antonio Spurs, Kevin Durant and the OKC Thunder, Blake Griffin/Chris Paul and the Clippers – the talent is honestly ridiculous. Other than the Miami Heat, the East is up for the taking. Your odds of at least making it to a NBA finals is far more likely in the Eastern Conference.

What Could Hold Melo Back?

More money more problems – Under the collective bargaining agreement, the Knicks can offer Melo a maximum contract of $129 million over five years. Any other potential teams can offer Anthony a maximum of $96 million over four years. Thats a hefty pay cut.

Derrick Rose has been injury prone over the last two years. It may be difficult to sell a team with an uncertain superstar piece of the puzzle. Rose could come back stronger than ever this upcoming season, or he may not. It’s all up the air at this point and we know Melo isn’t interested in hanging around to wait and see.

Stroke the Ego: Other stars have openly recruited Anthony. Dirk Nowitzki and Tyson Chandler are ready for Melo in Dallas, Dwight Howard and James Harden are waiting in Houston and his good buddy Kobe Bryant is ready to chat man to man in LA. Melo and Lebron James even have a bro-mance happening that could hinder his decision. The Bulls superstar, who hasn’t suited up in quite some time Derrick Rose, thinks it’s not “his job” to recruit star players. However, he may not have been openly recruiting Melo, Rose did attend today’s meetings in Chicago.

Brooklyn Born: New York is Melo’s hometown and I’m sure he feels a connection to his city. It would mean more to win a championship in “his city” rather than some other location. It’s going to take some serious schmoozing for Anthony to move his family out of his fancy life in the Big Apple and run with the Bulls.

Be prepared to hear quite a bit about Carmelo and his free agency journey across the US over the next few weeks. This is only the beginning as there are quite a few quality free agents available this off season.

Just remember, it’s only speculation until Melo officially accepts an offer – hopefully he’ll keep things classier than BronBron’s “The Decision” on ESPN a few years back. No need to nationally broadcast your choice, but if you take your talents to Chicago Melo, I promise we’re better fans than you’ll find in NY. #letsgo #Bullieve

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Old-School NBA Rivalry: Bulls vs Knicks Cheat Sheet

It’s time to add a little fuel to the fire in one of the NBA’s oldest rivalries as the Bulls head to New York to face the Knicks at Madison Square Garden. The Knicks are looking to avenge a loss suffered to Chicago earlier in December, but this time they won’t be missing their main man Carmelo Anthony. With Melo on the court, New York has a definite advantage, but you can’t count the Bulls out as they’ve been able to compete with the elite despite being shorthanded.

New York is still leadin

g the Eastern Conference at 19-6 and have continued to prove themselves worthy of their new-found success throughout this season. Chicago is leading the Central Division in the East at 14-10 and have played much better than anticipated thus far as they are missing super-star Derrick Rose. Bring on the Big Apple!

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Carmelo Anthony Outshines Rose’s Return in Easter Thriller

I have to admit, today’s Bulls-Knicks game was hard to watch. There was some good, Derrick Rose returned to the Bulls lineup after missing 12 consecutive games due to a groin injury, he proved he was ready to make an impact, but he also has some work to do. No matter how many endurance drills you practice off the court, nothing is quite the same as the real deal. There was some bad, Carmelo Anthony had his best game as a Knick, 43 points and seven rebounds. He hit two clutch 3-point shots, one at the end of regulation and the other with 8.2 seconds left in overtime putting the Knicks up 100-99.

Rose looked really rusty and timid in the first quarter, he only had seven points. He must have found some confidence in the locker room at halftime because he had 14 points in the third quarter. He looked a bit more like himself in OT, but couldn’t make a tough floater for the winning shot. Rose played 39 minutes, had 29 points,  six rebounds, four assists, and eight turnovers. The main problem with Rose’s return was the turnovers, we all expected rustiness, but no one wants to give the ball to the opposing team.

The Bulls currently have the best record in the NBA, but after today’s loss they fell to 43-14. Coach Tom Thibodeau will continue to push his team to the number one seed, his starting lineup has only started 11 full games together this season and they lost for the third time in four games. Hopefully Tuesday night’s rematch at the United Center will bode better for the Bulls, but I am definitely not looking forward to another 8:30 p.m. start – it’s way past my bedtime.

MVP Time is Back Sunday…Hopefully

Unless there are any major setbacks, Derrick Rose expects to play against the New York Knicks this Sunday. I’m sure Stacey King has missed saying “it’s MVP Time” I know I have missed hearing it!

Today was his first full practice, and Rose said his spirits are high and his teammates are eager and optimistic for his return. Coach Tom Thibodeau still has him listed as a “game time decision” as he’s not taking any chances with his star player.

“He just has to keep making the progress that he’s making,” Thibodeau told CSNChicago.com. “He’s practiced well, hasn’t had any problems the next day and as long as it stays that way, hopefully, he’ll be ready.”

Rose has missed 12 straight games since injuring his groin against the Knicks March 12th. Many people do not realize how serious pulling a groin muscle can be, but it is one of the lengthiest recovery processes for a “minor injury.”

The end decision is in Rose’s hands, “It’s really not up to him, it’s up to me,” said Rose. “If I’m feeling good, I’m going to play, if I think that I need some more days [of rest], than I’m going to take some more days, but more than likely, I’ll be out there [Sunday].”

As long as he’s healthy, the sooner we can get Rose out there the better. Preventing any rustiness come playoff time is key. The Bulls have just 10 games remaining in the regular season and Sunday’s matchup could be a potential glimpse the Bulls’ first round opponents as the Knicks are trying to hold off the Milwaukee Bucks for the eighth spot in the Eastern Conference.

Not DRose’s Day

Promise not to panic, but Derrick Rose was involved in a minor car accident today. The Bulls say Rose was not injured. Yes, I know what you’re all thinking, another Chicago sports superstar caught up in a fender-bender — Blackhawks Captain Jonathan Toews accident was just a few weeks ago. What is going on?

Illinois State Police say Rose was headed south on the Kennedy Expressway at Ogden Avenue late Tuesday afternoon when his 2011 Bentley was rear-ended by a 2002 Saturn. Police cited the driver of the Saturn, Charles Tratwein, for failing to reduce speed to avoid a crash. Well first things first, the Kennedy or otherwise known as 90, is a death trap. People commuting eat their breakfast, do their makeup, read newspapers, host conference calls, and type emails all while driving, it’s just plain dangerous.

As if having someone crash into your Bentley wasn’t bad enough, the accident occurred on the same day Rose was fined $25,000 by the NBA for criticizing the officiating. Rose mouthed off after a 104-99 win over the New York Knicks on Monday.

Tomorrow is a new day, beat the Heat!

Derrick Rose – Best Kind of Mama’s Boy

Derrick Rose keeps his mama close to his heart and is now taking her on the court. Last night during the Bulls 105-102 defeat over the New York Knicks, Rose debuted his new “Brenda” signature shoe.

“Brenda” is the latest colorway of Rose’s signature adiZero Rose 2.5 line, named after his mama because red is her favorite color – seriously how precious can you get? With NYC commonly referred to as “The Big Apple,” Rose and Adidas would be hard pressed to find a better place to debut the shoe.

I think Adidas should continue the new color schemes because Rose has dominated the last 2 games where he debuted his new shoes. Rose dropped 34 points against the Bucks when he debuted the adiZero Rose 2.5 last week. Last night he out shined fellow All-Star starter Carmelo Anthony with 32 points, 13 assists, and an answer to every Knicks rally.

I say bring on the shoes!!