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Bulls center Joakim Noah reportedly pitched Carmelo Anthony on playing in Chicago

03/06/2014 at 10:05 am By

joakim noah carmelo anthonyAccording to a report from ESPN’s Chris Broussard, Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah used his All-Star appearance to pitch New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony on the potential to win a championship with the Bulls.

Here’s a quote from Broussard’s report that was broadcast on ESPN Thursday morning:

Well, over All-Star weekend, I’m told by a person with knowledge of the conversation that Joakim Noah recruited Carmelo.┬áNow, you’ll probably hear denials out of Chicago if they talk about it, because it would be tampering officially. But I’m told that Joakim said to Melo, ‘Look, you could go to Los Angeles, but if you want to win a ring, if you want your legacy to be about winning, come to Chicago.’

Chris Broussard reports rarely come to fruition, so it would be fair for us to take this one with a grain of salt. Remember, this is the same Chris Broussard that reported that ‘Melo was a lock to be traded from the Nuggets to the Lakers before he was ultimately dealt to the Knicks back in 2011, ‘Melo’s desired location.

But, Chicago would be an ideal landing spot for Anthony once he opts out of his current contract this summer. The Bulls have one of the NBA’s premier head coaches in Tom Thibodeau, a nice core of players in their prime with Noah and Jimmy Butler and will have Derrick Rose back next season. Not to mention they have managed to remain a playoff team after Rose was lost for the season in November.

Anthony’s decision will most likely come between the prospect of being the face of the Lakers once Kobe Bryant retires, or joining a more secure, complete Bulls team that is a star player away from contending. Either way, Anthony has a tough decision ahead of him.


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