Reggie Miller to Carmelo Anthony: Be Careful What You Wish For
By now, we’ve all heard the story. It looks like Carmelo Anthony will opt out of his deal with the Knicks after this season and test the free agency market. Despite the fact that Melo has said that he doesn’t want to talk about the impending free agency debacle, it hasn’t stopped everyone and their mothers from chiming in and giving their opinions on the situation. One of the more odd ones, though, is a former Knicks arch rival: Reggie Miller.
Miller, now a TNT analyst, spent his entire career with the Pacers including legendary playoff series against the Knicks seemingly year after year in the ’90s. Now that he’s safely retired, Miller is throwing some advice bombs towards Anthony about what he could potentially see if he chooses to leave New York. According to ESPN New York’s Ohm Youngmisuk:
“Everyone wants to be wooed and go through that process,” Miller, now a TNT analyst, said Tuesday on a conference call. “What I would say to Carmelo is, ‘Be careful what you ask for.’ We saw what happened withLeBron [James]. Right now, you play in the No. 1 media market in the world in terms of professional basketball. What better place to be successful and try to win a championship than in New York?
“It would be hard to imagine him leaving there,” Miller continued. “The grass isn’t always greener. The grass was greener for LeBron and he’s won back-to-back [titles], but what he went through to get there was such a firestorm.”
Obviously, the idea of free agency and being courted by teams for your services is alluring, but one has to wonder what Anthony’s motivations are. If he stays in New York, he can potentially make more money on a max-deal (five years, roughly $129 Million) than if he signs with any other team ($95.9 million over four years). If fame is his motivation, where better than under the bright city lights in New York? Like I said earlier, Melo is holding his tongue about the off season in order to focus on the here and now, but you can be sure that this is going to be a HUGE deal when the final buzzer sounds and the NBA offseason begins next year.