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Could Chicago Bulls Playoff Woes Push Away Carmelo Anthony?


The Chicago Bulls are down 3-1 to the Washington Wizards, leading many to count the team out. While it will be tough to win three games in a row against a good Wizards team, looking forward there may be more problems for the Bulls. If Carmelo Anthony does want to go somewhere with the sole purpose of winning a title, will the team’s lack of execution in the playoffs in recent memory be a deciding factor that sways Anthony elsewhere?

The Bulls are becoming playoff underachievers. From losing to the Miami Heat in five games in 2011 NBA Playoffs, to losing to the no.8-seeded Philadelphia 76ers in 2012, the team seems to disappoint on a yearly basis. Even last season, the team shocked the Heat by winning game one in Miami, only to lose the next four games. While the team wasn’t expected to win that series, they got the fans’ hopes up and couldn’t capitalize. If Anthony wants to go to a championship contender, would it be with a team who seems to bail out too early every year?

Plus, it’s gotten to the point that fans are subconsciously accepting the fact that the team will under-perform come playoff time. The Bulls went on plenty of strong stretches throughout the season, and fans were always optimistic. Now that the team is down 3-1 to a team the Bulls are better than, they’re done. It seems like there’s no expectations from fans, and that kind of mentality will drive players away.

While the decision ultimately will come down to what Anthony wants, an underachieving team is not exactly what he wants to go to, especially not after his current run in New York.

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  • Leroy Boyd

    Lol underachieving team lol man please what kind of team is he with now? The Bulls underachieving is because they are without Rose and Deng? I doubt very seriously that we would be talking under anything if those 2 were playing for the Bullies.

    I dont see how Melo can allow whatever the Bulls do in this series to impact his decision to the possibility of joining the Bulls. He should know that this Bulls team with Rose and himself that this series is 3-1 in Bulls favor. You know Melo has the decision to make where he wants to play and he knows as many NBA ex’s that the Bulls need his services to win not just compete for NBA titles. How can be not see that his skill set would be perfect for the Bulls, not only would he be a major impact player but it could easily lead to his first MVP and 1st NBA title.

    So thinking the Bulls are underachieving yea when you dont have your impact players sure but if you (Melo) know you can change the success of a team why even let such nonsense enter your decision.

    So if Melo stays with the Knicks how do you explain that? What have they achieved?

    • Pupman

      The current Bulls team is going nowhere. And don’t be so sure that a Carmelo addition would do make you a champion. You are not a proven elite team even then. Note that the talent level on the current Knicks far exceeded their performance. Much of that had to do with Woodson and Carmelo’s inefficient post ups. There were just too many days the Woodson Carmelo plan took the rest of the team out of games. That will no longer be the case with or without Carmelo.

      • Leroy Boyd

        Pupman
        Apparently you don’t watch the Bulls at all to even think the addition of Melo woukd not impact the entire east. Woodson is not Thibs and furthermore what the Knicks did on offense is nothing even close to how the Bulls play. The Knicks ate a team that relies on you open you shoot no matter where you are on the floor. That is not how Chicago plays. Furthermore you think a line up of Rose Butler Melo Gibson and Noah is not better than what you see as contenders in the east.

        Who cares about what the Knicks did as a team they have not achieved anything close to what the Bulls have achieved even without Rose and Deng for two years in the play offs and you suggest that with Rose and Melo they wont be an elite team I think the majority of NBA media, administration and former players believe that a Rose and Melo combination would elevate the Bulls.

        But until the Bulls acquire Melo we really have basically nothing to talk about but if the Bulls do acquire Melo than lets return to this conservation right now this is nothing but speculation.

        • Pupman

          The addition of Melo would impact the Bulls, but I would hesitate to think that they would come close to winning it all. I don’t think they would get out of the Eastern conference finals, depending on whom their opponent would be at that time.

          To say the Knicks “have not achieved anything close to what the Bulls have achieved even without Rose and Deng for two years in the playoffs” is just inaccurate. The Knicks were eliminated in the second round of the playoffs last year, and the main reason was the cold play of Melo who hogged the ball and Woodson’s inability to do anything about that and anything else (I still don’t understand how or why they kept such an obvious inept coaching staff the entire season, when they absolutely would have made the playoffs with an average guy running the plays). Chicago made the playoffs this season and is about to be eliminated by the Wizards. I don’t see THAT MUCH of a difference. Both teams were mediocre at best. By the way, no offence, but your Bulls are vastly overrated. I knew they would have a lot of trouble with the Wizards.

          My point is that I wouldn’t be so confident that the addition of Carmelo will lead you to a ring. He is not a max salary player. He is a very talented player who could be great, but he hasn’t taken that last step, which involves involving your teammates and trusting them. Therein lies the difference between Carmelo and Lebron. There is no comparison who is the the more efficient and more valuable player. Not even a contest. If Durant, Westbrook, Ibaka, Jackson, Butler, and company passed more, if they played for a coach like Popovich, they would be a dynasty. Do you really see the Bulls competing with a team like that? Wouldn’t happen.

          • Leroy Boyd

            Pupman
            What have the Knicks fid besides last season. The Bulls have been in the play offs every year Rose has been in the NBA secondly they have the best record as well. I dont see any way you can even relate what the Bulls have as a team compared to the Knicks. The Knicks have done what since Melo has been in NY? Second round elimination hell wuth their whole team while the Bulls were eliminated in the second round without Rose or Deng and you think its even please. So the Bulls beat a soft Nets team lol

            Lol you can have your opinion about Melo and his possible impact on the Bulls but you dont think they will get out of the east please I think they would get out of the east but also win the NBA title. The only way you and I would be proven wrong is Melo joins the Bulls and we can see who’s speculation is right.

          • Pupman

            Hey, I’m not saying the Knicks are anything special at this point. For various reasons they have been a mismanaged failed experiment. NYC deserves a whole lot better. I would trade the entire organization if that was feasible (although the Jackson acquisition is intriguing). What I am saying is that the Bulls are not much to celebrate over at this point either. I don’t think Carmelo can bring them back to their Jordan glory days, even if Rose gets healthy. And if Miami stays intact I don’t think the Bulls are winning that series either. But you are correct. This is all speculation until it is played out. But it’s fun anyway. By the way, why do you keep invoking Deng’s name. He is gone for good. You are not getting him back. You did get picks for him, but it’s hard to know how that will play out.

          • Leroy Boyd

            Pupman
            I brought up Deng to show you that the Bulls for 2 years have made it in the playoffs without his best two players and one for the entire season. Now you seem to be harping on NYC as if they have something to compare with the Bulls.
            But what do you think the Knicks would do without Melo for 2 years and say Chandler for the playoffs for 2 straight years?

          • Pupman

            The Knicks had injuries, including Amare for long periods of time. And I do think that in the imaginary world where Carmelo and Amare played for a more capable coaching staff, that the Knicks would have been a very tough team to beat. But that is not the point. The point is that I believe you are way overrating your Bulls as they are (without Deng) and even with Carmelo (if that ever occurs).

          • Leroy Boyd

            Pup man please we in the plsyoffs your boys at home look not worried about Melo

          • Pupman

            Yo listen Leroy. You soon be exiting the playoffs. Looks like tonight is your last game.

          • Leroy Boyd

            Yea our season ended in May yours in April

          • Pupman

            What you talking about? It’s still April!

          • Leroy Boyd

            Right you are I was thinking about game 7

          • Pupman

            Game 7 ain’t gonna happen bro. Your team just joined the Knicks for a restful summer after game 5.

          • Leroy Boyd

            The way you have been harping on the knicks you must be a fan look your boys been in the league 67 years and 2 titles stop win one in your lifetime and then lets talk

          • Pupman

            I have to admit. It hasn’t been easy to fan that team. It’s one disappointment after another. You would think you could say at least there is the future because the only way to go is up. But then, they trade away all their first round picks and go over the cap with dead wood, at least in part. Then a failed season doesn’t even get a decent pick and there’s no cap space to sign anyone worth anything. They trade a first round pick and 2 second rounders plus players for a proven draft bust bum like Bargnani who has a contract to the tune of $11 million per year. Just what they didn’t need and what they shouldn’t have done. Yeah. It’s hard to deal with it. Maybe Phil Jackson will inject some intelligence into that horrible management. Firing Woodson was the first step. Maybe some things change for the better.

          • Leroy Boyd

            Pupman
            I hope you are not one of the many who think that Phil is going to turn the Knicks around within a year. I already heard of a possible trade Chandler and Iman for Jackson and Perkins with the Thunder

          • Pupman

            Nobody is turning the Knicks around in a year. They could easily make the playoffs with a good coaching staff, but they won’t beat the biggies. Woodson destroyed Iman. He didn’t know how to cultivate his talent. I never heard about that trade rumor, but I don’t see OKC trading Jackson at this point. I think they would be foolish to do so, although Chandler is much more athletic and skilled than Perkins. For the Knicks, it would be a nothing more than a contract dump, but Perkins wouldn’t adequately replace Chandler, particularly if they lose Melo’s offense. It’s going to be interesting.

          • Leroy Boyd

            I read about the possible trades that Phil could make to improve the Knicks even a trade with the Rockets for Lin and Asik. I believe that Phil is going to attempt to do something but to ask Melo to take a pay cut and still have the same bums on board makes no sense. I do know the Bulls are not going to destroy the core players to acquire Melo. If Melo is true to his word he wants to win and win now. So staying in NY is an option but winning now with the Knicks wont happen. The Knicks would be Fing stupid to get rid of Iman or Jr. for anyone. Losing Melo will hurt but you have your two wings for the next 10 years. With no draft picks I say Phil should sign and trade for Boozer and take the 2 first rounders the Bulls have in this draft for Melo. NY is in a bind how smart we think Phil is we are about to see.

  • Hush Pearson

    this article is exactly what i’ve been saying all year why go to a team that has the same playoff hopes as your current team and a player whose game depends on his ability to cut and jump at high speeds but whose knees are shot, his game will never be the same and beyond rose there’s just noah in chicago so bulls fans can deceive themselves into thinking they’re getting melo but in REALITY he’s better off staying put.

    • Leroy Boyd

      Hush
      Lol I think before you claim Rose is done maybe you should wait until he returns. Otherwise you will be like a lot of these other nitwits eating crow or denying you ever said his knees were shot. As for Melo staying put for what without Rose if Melo was on this current Bulls they would be up 3 rather than down 3. So you think Melo who averages 25 plus would not be the answer in this series against the Wiz?

      They have nobody that would be able to guard Melo nor Gibson and adding Rose please you think anybody in DC can guard Rose besides the secret service

  • Tony Cordero

    even with just rose playing the bulls wouldve easily swept this team just lacking a go to scorer

  • Logan Kuehner

    You sound completely stupid. We have been overachieving the last few years. In 2012 we should’ve been in the finals but Rose got injured. In 2013 we weren’t expected in the playoffs let alone make it out of the first round against the Nets which had Deron Williams, Joe Johnson, and Brook Lopez. Plus this year we lost Rose and our second leading scorer in Luol Deng. If anything Carmelo should realize he’s the missing piece to a championship team!

    • Pupman

      The Nets were (and still are) soft. If they were tougher the Bulls would have been eliminated last year in that round. I’m not sold the Bulls become so mighty with Carmelo. Talent is necessary, but goes nowhere without blending chemistry. If Carmelo doesn’t change his game with more consideration to his teammates, his team goes nowhere. OKC has the most talent man for man in the league. Their games against Memphis should not even be close, but they are because OKC plays too much one on one. If they utilized more passing and teamwork more often, they would be much tougher. As individual players, however, they could easily get beat by any team they might meet in the playoffs. Carmelo took the Knicks out of the playoffs last year and his repeatedly failing post ups and Woodson’s lack of ability to change anything greatly contributed to their decline this season.

  • tdh

    For Melo to be “pushed away” it means he has an option to be in the playoffs. Which team is that? NYK will not be in the playoffs without Melo and will have the same roster as this season with Melo which did not make the playoffs. Who else? Lakers were not in the playoffs and with Kobe back and a first pick and a free agent, that is a maybe…but nothing is certain. Houston was in the playoff and has the same record as CHI, but they HAVE their other stars Harden and Howard both playing and are not doing much better. CHI does not have DRose on the court and is at the same 3-1 record in the first round. Unless HOU makes a way to the western conference finals and is a step away from the NBA Finals with 2 stars, how much better are they really as an option? They are the same if not worse. HOU also does not have offense problems for Melo to fix. They lack defense, which Melo will not solve that problem if he joins them. CHI lacks offense and has defense to spare and he knows he can provide that offensive presence after his years in the league and DRose will also contribute more than what this season’s team did. CHI can also offer him more money than any contending playoff team. “Pushed away” …. it is not possible already, there is little CHI team can do this season but impress him with the roster they have. CHI is only running on Noah and the supporting cast and they have made it way further than anybody would have predicted. They should be cheered for what they have done with what they had without Deng and Rose all season regardless of what Melo chooses to do.

    • Leroy Boyd

      THD
      So true

  • Julie CzerwinWeaver

    If Derrick Rose was in, he would be teaching Wall a thing or two, just like Capt. Kirk did when they were team mates briefly. Frankly, we wouldn’t be having this discussion if Rose was playing. Problem is, just like Rose’s brother said, you cannot put all the heat on Rose…it leads to injuries.

    • Leroy Boyd

      Julie
      You actually know what you are talking about Rose has destroyed Wall every time he has played against him.

      • Julie CzerwinWeaver

        Leroy,
        Thank You, I read your comments as well. I think you make good points as well. Problem is, Wall continues to drive down the floor FAST (like Rose), lay up and and get the foul. Kirk’s legs cannot do that and D.J. tries but just cannot control and conquer like Rose and Wall. No matter what, I am proud of our Bulls.
        Wall scares me more than any of them, I saw him win the slam dunk this year and new it would be a battle.

        • Leroy Boyd

          Julie
          You are so right Wall has bern killing Kirk and it didnt just start this playoff series. But against Rose Wall has done absolutely nothing. Rose had outscored him 25 to 15 hsd more assists and the most important factor Wall has never played a game against Rose and won.

          So I know Rose is sitting on that bench burning up. Once the game caught him using the F word when Dunleavy threw a bad inbound pass. I know as a Chicagoan that Rose is going to come back with s vengance against all these point guards who have blasted the Bullies.