Posted: 9:02 am Thursday, June 12th, 2014

Carmelo to the Heat? It’d be fascinating 

By Mark Bradley

I tried to dislike these guys. Couldn't do it. (Lynn Sladky/AP)

I tried to dislike these guys. Couldn’t do it. (Lynn Sladky/AP)

ESPN’s Brian Windhorst and Marc Stein report that the Miami Heat are preparing to pursue the free-agent-to-be Carmelo Anthony in the hope that their Big Three will become a foursome. On its face, this is astonishing news. The Heat’s biggest task of Summer 2014 figured to be keeping the Big Three intact — LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh can all opt out of their contracts. But Pat Riley, who’s the best in the business, wants to add yet another All-Star to his mix.

Somehow, the notion of Carmelo teaming with LeBron and his Super Friends isn’t off-putting in the way that the formation of the Big Three seemed in the summer of 2010. That congregation, momentous as it was, was overshadowed by “The Decision” — the awful bit of television that served to make many among us go from liking LeBron to rooting against him in the space of 60 preening minutes.

But watching LeBron play with D-Wade and Bosh in the pursuit of championships wasn’t nearly as repellant as seeing Karl Malone and Gary Payton cling to the coattails of Shaquille O’Neal and Kobe Bryant with the Lakers in 2003-2004. The Heat actually fit together, albeit in an odd way. (Of the Big Three, none is a point guard or a center, which are supposed to be the most important positions, although Bosh can serve as a center and LeBron and Wade can handle the point.) The Heat have always seemed a team, albeit a top-heavy one, as opposed to a collection.

We can’t know if Carmelo will take his talents to you-know-where, but what’s remarkable is that the Heat are positioned to make room for all four. As Windhorst and Stein note, each of the Big Three would have to opt out and agree to take less money in new contracts with Miami, but they already proved — back in the summer of ’10 — they were willing to take less to accomplish more. If an NBA team is smart enough to leave sufficient cap room, it can do just about anything, financially speaking, that it wants.

Yes, Carmelo + LeBron + Wade + Bosh would seem an even greater case of overkill. A team that has reached four consecutive NBA finals can’t be said to need the most talented player on this summer’s market. But you know what? I’ve enjoyed watching the Heat these past four seasons. (Actually the past three. That first year I kept hoping they’d lose, which they did against Dallas in the finals.)

I hated “The Decision” and grew an instant dislike to LeBron, but I got over it. He and his famous pals play the game the right way. They pass and they guard and they act like they like one another, which is no small thing. (The aforementioned Lakers seemed to despise each other, and it showed in their finals collapse against Detroit.) It would be fascinating to see if Carmelo, who has become less selfless over time, would enhance the Miami mesh — or make a mess of Miami.

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devounknown1000
devounknown1000

STARTERS


TEAGUE, CARROLL, CARMELO, MILLSAP, HORFORD


BENCH


MACK, KORVER, #15 T.J WARREN OR CLEANTHONY EARLY, SCOTT, ANTIC


RESERVE


SCHRODER, JENKINS


Hawks must trade Lou to clear 5mill cap space to get Carmelo.


GO HAWKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

devounknown1000
devounknown1000

CARMELO  4YEARS 80 MILL


GO HAWKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

devounknown1000
devounknown1000

Carmelo Rumors are heating up coming to play for Hawks, this would be the perfect fit if came to Atlanta, He also have part owner ship of Block Entertainment witch is based in Atlanta plus his wife now coming back home to Atlanta make perfect fit for Hawks.


Ticket Sales will be of the chart in Atlanta, with LALA now moving her show to Atlanta will be more entertainment plus attracted more stars to come play for Hawks in the future, Hawks need to make this move.


BRING HIM HOME DF WOULD BE THE IDEAL FIT FOR COACH BUD SYSTEM.


GO HAWKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

devounknown1000
devounknown1000

ATLANTA HAWKS


STARTERS


TEAGUE, RUDY, MILLSAP, HORFORD, ASIK


BENCH


SCHRODER, CARROLL, #15 EARLY, SCOTT, ANTIC


RESERVE


JENKINS, MACK


GO HAWKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!


devounknown1000
devounknown1000

Rudy Gay is a perfect fit for Hawks.


#15 Cleanthony Early


A steal for Hawks if fall this far down.


GO HAWKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

seminoleking
seminoleking

further proof the nba is no more than a traveling circus, like wwe wrestling. between the fake lottery, officials fixing games, and the big markets getting the superstars, the other teams are just there to flesh out the revenue and give the big market teams a version of the washington generals opponent. wonder why san antonio and miami keep going to the finals??? they are HUGE with the hispanic ticket buyer. its all about money...

Zing
Zing

Hmm.  Let me think, I was going to say something... what WAS that??  Oh yeah!  GO SPURRRRRRRRRRRSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

MikeS777
MikeS777

I think Carmelo to the Heat would be a bad move.  Would Carmelo be OK with a diminished role?  This is a guy who basically shoots every time he touches the ball.  Yeah they played together on the Olympic team, but an NBA season is a totally different animal.

Melo would have to be willing to drop into a similar role to what Rashard Lewis and Shane Battier have been doing for Miami.  I just don't see that happening.

You're 100% right, Mark.  The Heat like playing with each other and work well together.  You have 3 guys used to being the main scorer willing to take diminished roles in order to work better as a team.  Wade and Lebron need no introduction.  Bosh was a 20pt 10 reb guy in Toronto.  Rashard Lewis was a 20pt per game scorer in Seattle and Orlando.  Ray Allen is the best 3pt shooter in NBA history, and future hall of famer, and was a huge part of that Celtics team that won the 2008 championship.  Battier and Haslem have had great careers.  Yet its not about "me" and all about "team".  They play their roll and do their job when called upon.

Even Birdman had a history of doing his job for the team in Denver.  He knows his role and plays it to the best of his ability.  I'm not sure if Melo is the guy who can make that sacrifice.  This could end up another Malone/Payton to LA episode.

rickfire
rickfire

Carmelo Anthony to the Miami Heat only reinforces the NBA is a league with only a handful of good teams resulting in no excitement or hope for any team other than Mismi and San Antonio having a legitimate shot at winning a championship! How boring!

artifact
artifact

@WPL, Not sure what point you think I was making.  I was asking what does "less selfless" mean in the context of the article.  I believe Mr. Bradley meant to say "less selfish" or "selfless".  So I was questioning the use of language.  FWIW, I don't care for Melo's game at all nor do I care for the manner in which the Heat have constructed their roster.  I much prefer the Spurs team oriented approach.

artifact
artifact

Just curious, does less selfless = selfish?

GTAlum
GTAlum

So what you're saying is, if a team other than Miami is going to win a NBA title in the next few years, it's going to be San Antonio this year.


Honestly, the Heat probably needed to reload a little bit to keep this streak going.  Wade isn't the player he used to be, and it's only going to get worse.  He's not a young player anymore.

Heisenberg
Heisenberg

If by play the game the right way, you mean dirty. LBJ pushes off more than Michael Irvin ever did. He should be called for at least 37 offensive fouls every game.

lithoniaguy
lithoniaguy

Why do fans hate it when athletes take control of their destiny?

AnsweredTHIS
AnsweredTHIS

The "decision" was a not as bad as people made it out to be.  If we really look at what took place we saw that he made the "decision" in the local Boys and Girls Club ( money for them locally and money for them nationally) so his self promotion is what all athletes do. Right?  It was not as bad as people made it out to be.  Todays sports are all about self promotion and if he did it once to capture the feel of what it was like to be a kid coming out of high school going into college I for one say it was well deserved! He earned it; he never has been an enigma; and he actually is a great guy that is married to his high school sweetheart who is the mother of his kids.  What more can you ask of him?  I am a HUGE LeBron fan and I will cheer him on big time.  


On a the topic at hand.............not enough balls in Miami for that. 

Jim70
Jim70

I didn't like Lebrun when he was coming out of high school , but after watching him in the Greek Olympics where he sat on the bench and cheered on his teammates, I started to admire him.  actually a class act.

seminoleking
seminoleking

@rickfire the nba is a FIXED league. i dont watch that trash hardly at all anymore...

WPL
WPL

@artifact Carmelo is not going to bring the heat another championship, the heat needs a player who can rebound, block shots, and play great defense.


WPL
WPL

@GTAlum The heat are done. You don't need superstar players to win championships. The media done a very good job in making owners, gm's, and some fans believe that. Therefore, everytime you to turned on the sports radio or tv, fans crying that their city needs superstar players.


Instead, you need 13 good unselfish basketball players, a good system, a good coach and gm, that understand that basketball is a team sport.


GO SPURS, GREAT BASKETBALL TEAM!!!!!!!

GTAlum
GTAlum

@Heisenberg Did you watch Jordan play and how much the refs let him get away with?  Or Reggie Miller's leg kick?  And you know what pissed me off about O'Neal whining about hack-a-Shaq?  He spent most of his career illegally lowering his shoulder and just bulling through people.  Opposing big men probably loved hack-a-Shaq, because it allowed them to get their own back.


Stars get a better shake from the refs than other players.  That's just the NBA.  It's been that way at least as long as I've been watching it.

GuyOnThisSite
GuyOnThisSite

@Jim70 I generally like the guy. He's not a thug, he made some not great decisions when he was younger but seems to have learned and matured, he works really hard at his job, and he appears to treat women well.


There are much worse athletes a child could use as a role model.

lithoniaguy
lithoniaguy

@Jim70 so u liked him when you thought he was humbled?before then I guess u thought he was too arrogant/uppity.

MarkBradley
MarkBradley moderator

@Jim70 I saw LeBron play in person when he was still in high school. I thought he handled himself very well then. And with the exception of "The Decision," he has handled himself very well since.

WPL
WPL

@artifact Spurs, a team with no superstars, 12 good basketball that has a good system, will always be better than 3 or 4 superstar players.

WPL
WPL

@artifact Do not need superstar players to win championships

WPL
WPL

@lithoniaguy @WPL @artifact Tim Duncan is a future hall of famer, he is not a superstar player at this point in his career at 38 or 39 yrs old