If Carmelo Anthony really leaves New York because he wants a chance at a title, the only choices are Miami or Chicago.
Yeah, yeah, you can't count out Kobe Bryant and the Lakers. I'm not challenging you Kobe, please don't dunk on me. Miami is Miami and LeBron is LeBron, but the Bulls are ready-made for a superstar like Anthony.
The Bulls have a do-it-all center in Joakim Noah, a rugged 2-guard in Jimmy Butler and, if luck shines on him again, an All-Star point guard in Derrick Rose. They also have very solid talent evaluators in the front office and a top-three coach in Tom Thibodeau.
The problem, of course, is that the Bulls would likely have to get rid of integral power forward Taj Gibson to afford Anthony at his current level of pay. In a perfect world, Anthony would come on a discount because it would make the Bulls better. In that same perfect world, I'd have already lost that extra 15 pounds.
But let's forget about all that and just focus on why the Bulls would be a perfect choice for Anthony.
Melo isn't the perfect all-around player, and at 30, he'll soon be rolling on the downward slope of his career. But he's one of the most dynamic scorers in the league, and of his generation, and the Bulls need offense, even with Rose.
Game respects game, as the saying goes, so I have no doubt Anthony and Rose could coexist, despite each needing the ball to, you know, score. Can Anthony play defense? Yes, and Thibodeau's system isn't hard to master. Maybe I'm naive, but I believe Anthony and Thibodeau could work well together, because there won't be much of a battle of wills.
Why? Because no one in the NBA has more will than Thibodeau. Players bend to his ideas and his system because 1. they don't have a choice and 2. because it works.
One personality aspect about Thibodeau that outsiders don't notice is that he rarely, if ever, criticizes a player in public. Now, that's not true in private, but Thibodeau is very disciplined with the media. For the Bulls to get Anthony to come to Chicago, they need to put him in the same room with Thibs. It almost worked with LeBron four years ago, and after this nightmare season in New York, I think Thibodeau could sway Anthony into buying in to the Bulls Way.