Carmelo+LeBron=??

The latest twist in NBA free agency is that Carmelo is trying to get LeBron to come join him in New York. Let’s avoid debating the probability of this happening for a minute and focus on the basketball implications of it.

Obviously, any team that gets LeBron and Cermelo is going to be very dangerous. But even this Knicks fan, desperate for a reason to believe, can’t find a way to make this combination into a title contender. In order to get both players, the Knicks would have to get rid of Amar’e and Bargnani. That would leave New York with a starting five of Calderon, Hardaway, James, Anthony and Dalembert. Is there anyone who thinks that five wins the Eastern Conference let alone a NBA title? I don’t think so and that’s why I find these latest rumors insane. To me there are two very clear choices for LeBron. He can go back to Miami or he can go back to Cleveland.

Either one of those moves preserves his legacy. Yes “The Decision” was a poorly executed maneuver, but you cannot argue with the results. Four-straight appearances in the Finals and two titles. If he returns to Miami, how can any rational fan argue with that? And returning to Cleveland would be a nice homecoming. Who could argue with that?

Any other scenario is going to bring out the haters again. If LeBron goes out and wins more titles, they will be quieted, but if not…. So what is the upside for him in New York? He gets bashed for leaving Miami. He gets bashed for not going home to Cleveland and he will get get bashed for not winning a title in New York. That’s lose-lose-lose and that’s why he isn’t coming here.

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  • blmeanie  On July 9, 2014 at 4:18 pm

    Maybe Melo is trying to get him to go somewhere else but together? Bosh to Houston. Lebron? Not sure, I like the Cleveland scenario. Poor Wade would retire a broken down lonely Heat…

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