Via 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 with LeBron [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.”
I never thought I would agree with anything Reggie Miller had to say, but for once I agree with him down to the last word. Melo be careful, be careful not to flirt with other teams in free agency and alienate yourself the way Lebron James did. Is the grass greener on the other side? Sure, sometimes it is, however in this case it makes sense for Anthony to float the idea of leaving in order to get the Knicks brass in gear to get some help for Melo. That would be the only reason to talk free agency.
Miller understands basketball in terms of being in the right place and the right media markets. New York is a prime market. In 2015 the Knicks will have 45 million in expiring contracts (Tyson, Barg’s and Stat). This should entice Melo to sit tight and be the number one man in New York for years to come.
I cannot see Anthony leaving for less money. He will opt out and re-sign here in New York, I almost 99.9% positive.