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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Phil Jackson’s Perfect Profile Picture

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Legendary NBA coach Phil Jackson joined twitter this past week (@PhilJackson11) and chose a sick picture as his default photo. The man has won quite a bit a BLING throughout his career – he has to double up on fingers to wear them all at once!

598184-phil-jacksonThe picture displays 11 championship rings. Jackson won six coaching Michael Jordan and the Bulls in the 1990s and five more from 1999 to 2010 as coach of the Lakers. It seems he forgot about his 12th title which he earned as a member of the 1972-73 Knicks.

In less than 24 hours Jackson picked up over 140,000 followers – not too shabby for a days work.

I wish 140,000 people cared about what I had to say on the micro-blog – a girl can dream.

Masked Menace?

WHOA, this just looks uncomfortable Mr. Lakeshow. However, I can’t imagine playing a NBA basketball game with a broken nose, ouch. When the Los Angeles Lakers beat the Miami Heat 93-83 on Sunday, the most impressive performance seemed to come from Kobe Bryant’s face mask, it’s 3-0 for the season.

I’m used to seeing Rip Hamilton, the Bulls newest edition this season, who has been rocking his mask for so long it looks like part of his uniform. This current mask just isn’t cutting it for the Prince of LA, Kobe is reportedly still struggling with all the sweat that’s trickling into his mouth during games when he wears the mask (super sexy). Lakers  trainer Gary Vitti has been working with basketball mask innovator Jerry McHale, the man behind Rip City’s mask, to try and come up with a better one for Kobe, we should expect a new and improved mask during the Lakers game tomorrow. I think you need to get a sweet purple sweatband to complete the ensemble and collect that sweat.

Bulls. Are. Back.

As if we didn’t love him enough, Derrick Rose gave us a bit of a “Christmas Miracle” as he proved once again why he is the reining MVP. Trailing the Lakers by 10 points late in the fourth quarter in the highly anticipated season opener, Rose hit a floater with 4.8 seconds left in regulation. The game came down to two of the league’s greatest stars getting the ball in crunch time. Kobe Bryant with a turnover. Rose made his shot. Bryant’s was covered by 3 bulls defenders, blocked from behind by Luol Deng and the Bulls took the win 88-87.

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The Bulls started the first two quarters strong, leading the Lakers at the half. The second half was stagnant for the team, shooting only 25 percent from the floor. Although Rose stole the show for the game winner and lead the team with 22 points, there were a few other noteworthy performances for the Bulls.

I was digging Deng’s new doo – kind of like a mini mow-hawk, but more importantly I enjoyed his 21 points. He had 5 consecutive points to pull the Bulls within a point with 20.4 seconds left in the game.

I really missed watching Joakim Noah’s messy bun bounce up and down the court, although it seemed a bit toned down from the animal he was rockin during the playoffs. I would like to see him get a few more offensive rebounds, box out the big men, but all in all you can’t argue with the man’s intensity.

Richard “Rip” Hamilton started for the Bulls. I think he had some crappy fouls called against him right away, which caused him to play cautiously throughout the remainder of the game. Hopefully he doesn’t always find himself in foul trouble. I’m excited to see what he will bring to the team this season.

It was an exciting game for Chicago fans, brought back the “come-back-hold your breath” win feeling we all experienced during the Bulls 2011 playoff run. However, the Lakers team has a new head coach and a new lineup. The Bulls will need to play a more consistent offensive game to beat more developed teams, especially in the east (ahem Heat ahem Celtics).

Daaa da daa Hey! Go Bulls!