Friday AM update: LeBron keeps them guessing

Friday AM update: LeBron keeps them guessing

Posted by mikemcgraw on Fri, 07/11/2014 - 09:33

Most of the NBA attention was focused on LeBron James in the last 24 hours. Maybe that's why Carmelo Anthony is waiting so long to make his decision, so he can get a few days to himself in the national spotlight.

It's difficult to tell where Anthony is going. The story is accurate that he's still engaged with the Bulls, but how genuine is his interest in Chicago? Only time will tell.

Anthony's plight seems to rest on these NBA words of wisdom repeated so often, they've become a cliché -- he's not leaving $30 million on the table. This line ignores the fact that he'll likely play a fifth year with a new team, which would lower the money differential, and his opportunities would grow by playing on successful teams, in Chicago or anywhere else.

Walk into any Foot Locker these days and the walls are dominated by LeBron and Kevin Durant footwear. Anthony's line, produced by the Jordan brand, is an afterthought (along with the once-popular Derrick Rose Adidas shoes).

Question: How many times has Anthony finished in the top five in MVP voting? Once, in 2012-13. No doubt, this is part of Tom Thibodeau's sales pitch: "I'll turn you into the complete player who can lead a team to the championship." Glory would follow, in theory.

The Bulls are furiously trying to figure out what they can do to sweeten the offer for Anthony, either through more salary, better teammates or better trade scenarios. For now, we wait.

The links worth clicking are about LeBron. Yahoo's Adrian Wojnarowski has a nice overview of Thursday's mania and Cleveland's call that never arrived.

http://sports.yahoo.com/news/as-decision-nears--lebron-james-flies-to-mi...

ESPN's Chris Broussard suggests "The Letter" penned by Cavs owner Dan Gilbert is a hangup for LeBron:

http://espn.go.com/nba/truehoop/miamiheat/story/_/id/11201955/dan-gilber...

And Deadspin created a revised version of Gilbert's 2010 letter, suitable for recruiting purposes:

http://deadspin.com/dear-hero-dan-gilberts-comic-sans-letter-edited-f-16...

The New York papers focused mostly on Phil Jackson's confidence in retaining Carmelo. I'm sure Phil is confident he can work miracles if Anthony leaves, too. Jackson can't explain why Anthony is not answering his texts. He's the NY Daily News version:

http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/basketball/knicks/phil-jackson-thinks-...

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