REPORT: Joakim Noah Recruiting Carmelo Anthony to Chicago
Yesterday, it was reported that Knicks President Phil Jackson informed Carmelo Anthony that former player and current TV broadcaster Steve Kerr would be the head coach of the team next season. Jackson is doing what he can to convince the superstar Anthony to stay in New York next sesason.
Bulls forward Joakim Noah is doing what he can to get Anthony to leave the Big Apple and join him in the Windy City.
The Chicago Sun-Times reported on Saturday that Noah has been recruiting Anthony to leave New York for Chicago to join him and Derek Rose to form their own “Big Three.” Anthony is still under contract with the Knicks, but it is believed around the league that he will opt out of his contract this off season to explore his options.
From the Sun-Times:
According to several sources, including a teammate, Noah’s All-Star Weekend “conversation’’ with New York Knicks standout Carmelo Anthony didn’t end in New Orleans. They had discussions via text the rest of the season, including the day after the Bulls were eliminated in the playoffs by the Washington Wizards.
“I was kidding Jo that they were boys now,’’ a source said in a phone interview Friday. “ ‘Well, get your boy to come to Chicago.’ ’’
When asked during the season about his heart-to-heart with Anthony, Noah was his usual coy self.
“What are you talking about? The gossip going on?’’ Noah said. “I feel a lot of gossip. I think we all know that we’re in a good place. We’ve got a healthy group, it’s a healthy environment, and we’re not going to let gossip get in the way of what we’re doing. We’ve gone through so much this year, so it’s not going to be a little gossip that gets out there.
“You want me to address that? I don’t feel like addressing it. I really have nothing to say.’’
Then after exit interviews Wednesday with members of the front office, Noah was asked if he expected changes this summer.
“I don’t know,’’ Noah said. “That’s not my job.’’
Anthony has made it very clear that money will not be a driving factor in his decision this off season and at this point of his career, he just “wants to win.” At the moment, the Bulls are a much better team than the Knicks and they already have a nice core of Noah, Rose and others. The Houston Rockets have been rumored to be interested in Anthony as well.
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