This is going to be short and sweet. The Lakers are delusional. Since the team couldn’t convince Dwight Howard to sign an extension with them, the Lakers’ fan base has been going nuts with the potential 2014 free agent class. First they suggest that LeBron James would join them. Yeah, like LeBron wants to follow in Kobe’s footsteps and have to hear that after every Kobe-LeBron argument. Despite what you may believe, players do care about their image. That’s probably a reason LeBron never joined the Bulls. He didn’t want to follow Jordan, so why follow Kobe? LeBron’s going to stay in Miami, or go back to Cleveland. But if Melo does opt out, expect rumors of LeBron to New York once again. That should be another tease.
Anyway, the thing that gets me frustrated is after Lakers fan realize that, their next move is to leach onto Carmelo Anthony. Suddenly, the Knicks are, for a lack of a better word, screwed, because of their lack of financial flexibility over the next three years. I’ll admit, it doesn’t look good, especially with Amar’e on the roster, but I heard haters say they’d never attract a star like Melo due to their losing past. The team can figure something out I’m sure. Or I hope.
For now, though, it’s fun to laugh at the Lakers and their misguided hope to our current superstar. For once, we have something they want. The best thing is the something we have (being Melo) doesn’t want to leave New York. Plus, he has many reasons not to. Tom Ziller of SBNation explains in an excerpt from his article below.
To get him to the Lakers, as the Los Angeles Times speculated and as the New York Post discusses on Tuesday, he’d need to opt out of $23.7 million due to him in 2014-15after failing to reach a lucrative multi-year extension (potentially three years, $75 million) with New York this coming spring. That’s a lot of dough for a guy turning 30 next spring. So he’d be tossing away one of the fatter contracts in the league, threatening to leave a city he says he loves, leaving a top-4 team in the East for a team that might not make the playoffs in 2013-14 and has also been laughed out of the postseason the last three times they’ve made it. All to play with a 36-year-old Kobe Bryant.
Also, how much iso ball can one offense have? Kobe Bryant wouldn’t be too fond of Melo dominating the ball, and vice versa. I think the Knicks have a better chance of grabbing Kobe Bryant in 2014 on vets minimum than Melo going to Los Angeles.
The Lakers will just have to attempt to put a team together with their ridiculous amount of cap space. Too bad all the superstars have already made up their mind on where they want to play.