The Bulls can’t offer all the money that other teams can. But they can offer a better team, they believe, and they have a great pitch that Anthony is taking seriously.
Yes. Well. Not so fast.
Because here’s the scary thought rolling through the NBA:
Anthony’s indecision isn’t based on his bromance with Taj Gibson’s rebounding or his growing sycophantic belief in Phil Jackson championship zen, but instead is based on Chris Bosh’s indecision, meaning Anthony would go to the Heat to play with LeBron James if Bosh took Houston’s four-year, max offer.
It hasn’t happened yet. There’s a chance the Rockets could put down the bong in time to withdraw its $96 million proposal. It’s just a rumor. But ESPN’s Marc Stein tweeted that the idea was raised by the last five teams he talked to Monday.
I suggested such a marriage before Anthony’s cross-country speed dating, and with nothing else happening, then anything remains possible.
Everybody’s waiting for James to make a deal so Anthony can make a deal so everybody else can make a deal so we can clear the way for futbol to become our national pastime.
Wait, what? Sorry. I must’ve gotten a whiff of the weed so strong that it’s making Clevelanders think James is coming back.
Anyway, the King makes his choice first, then the serfs follow, the thinking goes. We ran a story on it today in My Chicago Tribune.
But in a free agency rife with rumors, speculation and Magic 8-Ball answers, the one true thing is that if Anthony is serious about winning instead of money, he finds a way to play with James. Period. Paragraph. Next.
Maybe that’s teaming up with the Heat. Maybe that’s working a deal with the Knicks. Maybe it’s with the Lakers. But the point is, James makes his team the conference favorite, even in the West.
No sane person should opt for joining a team in the West. All the good teams play out there. It’s a struggle almost every night. But James and Anthony on the Lakers with a likely re-signed Pau Gasol barges its way into the Spurs-Thunder coronation, as long as Kobe Bryant learns he’s not Kobe Bryant anymore and give someone else the ball, pal.
If the Bulls don’t get Anthony -- it looks as if they haven’t even tried to get a meeting with James -- then they ought to hope Bosh goes to the Rockets and James and Anthony go to the Lakers. Get everybody who’s good out of the East. Let them beat up each other in the other conference.
Think about it. The East would look post-apocalyptic.
Now, the Wizards would be a problem because of that young, killer backcourt and the Bulls’ Defensive Player of the Year couldn’t defend anybody. The Hawks also quietly threaten to get better.